Cellist Yo-Yo Ma to receive Fred Rogers Legacy Award
Internationally-acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma will be honored as the inaugural recipient of the Fred
Rogers Legacy Award and give a recital to benefit the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and
Children’s Media on Friday, May 23, at Saint Vincent College.
Ma, who appeared twice with Fred Rogers on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and became a lifelong
friend of the late public television legend, was invited to receive the honor by Joanne Rogers,
honorary chairperson of the Center’s Advisory Council, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the
founding of the Center. Honored by the award and excited to visit the Fred Rogers Center, Ma
welcomed the opportunity to come to Latrobe.
The Fred Rogers Legacy Award recognizes individuals who have made exemplary professional
contributions and personal commitments to service that pay forward elements of Fred Rogers’
legacy as a person embodying universal human values, a creative artist, a teacher and model of core
principles for early learning and development, an innovator and an advocate for the dignity and
potential of all children. In their work, recipients also demonstrate the mission of the Fred Rogers
Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, as catalysts for communication, collaboration and
creative change in their fields.