COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The University of Maryland has announced the creation of an annual award that will be given to a sports journalist or broadcaster who has made “significant contributions to racial and gender equality in sports.”

The Sam Lacy-Wendell Smith Award will be chosen by an eight-person panel and presented in conjunction with the Shirley Povich Symposium.

Lacy and Smith were prominent African-American journalists who are credited with pushing Major League Baseball owners to integrate and wrote extensively about Jackie Robinson’s career.

Povich Center director George Solomon said in a statement that both journalists “worked tirelessly over the years — writing, lobbying and cajoling MLB’s owners, many of them resistant, into trying to see the importance of integration to the future of not only the sport of baseball but to the country.”

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