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ESPN Helps Local Boys & Girls Clubs Join the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Program
10/12/2015 12:45:03 PM



In an effort to get more Club members to play the games of baseball and softball, ESPN is teaming up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to support the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program at local Boys & Girls Clubs in seven communities across the country. The yearlong program will support Clubs' participation in existing RBI leagues or will help launch new programs.

Igniting passions around the National Pastime for kids since 1989, the RBI program gives young players the opportunity to play in baseball and softball programs in underserved communities. The program also places a special focus on encouraging academic achievement and teaching important life lessons.

"I think the most important thing for people to know about RBI is its ability to change lives," said David James, senior director of RBI. "It's not just about baseball or softball. It's more about opportunities and providing kids with new experiences."

Participating Clubs include Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago (Ill.), King County (Seattle, Wash.), Kips Bay (Bronx, N.Y.), Miami (Fla.), Hartford (Conn.), Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh, Pa,) and Atlanta (Ga.). In addition to RBI, Clubs will ensure participants receive educational components to help foster academic achievement and host clinics to teach members the fundamentals of baseball and softball. 

"We are proud to join Commissioner Manfred and Major League Baseball's commitment to reach more youth through the game of baseball," said ESPN vice president of corporate citizenship Kevin Martinez. "Through this collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, we hope to introduce baseball to a new generation of kids, particularly those in urban and inner city communities."

As summer play has come to a close, Boys & Girls Club youth can continue to practice healthy lifestyles while playing ball through RBI.

"We are grateful for the support of Major League Baseball and ESPN for enabling our Club members the opportunity to play our nation's favorite pastime," said Frank Sanchez, national vice president, business & community affairs at BGCA. "The RBI program provides a chance for kids and teens to learn about the importance of teamwork and achievement while also reaching youth that may not normally have the opportunity to play baseball." Some 20,000 Boys & Girls Club members currently participate in RBI. 

Source via PR Newswire 


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