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A one-man play explores the life of baseball legend Jackie Robinson next up at The Batte on Feb. 7

1/27/2014
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Mike Wiley in A Game Apart
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Contact: Kim Williams
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704-233-8320
k.williams@wingate.edu

Wingate, N.C. – Actor Mike Wiley, brings his one-man play Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart to The Batte Center at Wingate University on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The play provides a glimpse of the life of baseball legend Jackie Robinson and other star athletes during a bygone era of separate and unequal locker rooms, whites-only hotels and restaurants with only a back door for colored athletes to enter. Wiley delivers a lesson in courage through dedication, perseverance and leadership. This event is sponsored by the Wingate University Department of Athletics and The Batte Center.

At the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Robinson was the first athlete in school history to letter in four sports – football, baseball and track and field. He was drafted into the Army in 1942 and eventually became a lieutenant. After the Army, Robinson played in the Negro Baseball League and broke the color barrier when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and earned the Rookie of the Year award. In his second year, Robinson won the National League MVP award and batting title. Eventually, Robinson won respect and became an inspiration and a symbol of opportunity for all African-Americans.

N.C. actor and playwright, Mike Wiley, engages audiences in the compelling stories of fugitive slaves, sports figures, freedom fighters and the triumph of the common man. Wiley said he does these plays to shine a light on stereotypes and racism born of ignorance and fear.

A Game Apart is part of The 2014 Connected Campus series, CREATED EQUAL. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act, CREATED EQUAL features a diverse array of performances, exhibits and events that explore the fight for equality as a force for change both at home and abroad. In keeping with the belief that diversity of experience is essential to a well-rounded education, The Connected Campus is a collaborative project of the Wingate University Departments of International Studies, History and Political Science, English, Lyceum, Student Life, Arts, Athletics, Friends of the Library and The Batte Center. Community partners include Singin’ Black and White and The Ulysses Spring Festival of the Arts.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for students and can be purchased online at battecenter.org or by calling The Batte Center Box Office at 704-233-8300 or Carolina Tix at 704-372-1000.

The Batte Center
Opened in 1999, the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center presents events in the McGee Theatre, Plyer-Griffin Recital Hall and Austin Auditorium. Located just a short five minute drive from Monroe, The Batte is just 3 blocks off of Highway 74 and only 29 miles southeast of Charlotte. Free parking is plentiful and all three performance spaces offer full wheelchair accessibility. Visit www.battecenter.org.

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,000 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

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In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 22 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past seven years. For more information, go to www.wingate.edu.