The RBI baseball program creates fields of opportunity
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“It’s more than baseball, it’s life.”
That’s the motto of Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), a program founded in 1989 by former Major Leaguer John Young. Young set out to overcome the obstacles – like crime and lack of funding for fields and equipment – that prevented many inner city kids from playing baseball.
The result is the RBI Program, teaching the fundamentals of baseball and softball, as well as the importance of academic success and social responsibility
The RBI Program
With the help of our partners – the Kansas City Royals, KCMO Parks & Recreation Department and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Boys and Girls Club RBI Program gives youth ages 5 to 18, the opportunity to play baseball and softball, all while learning the importance of teamwork, leadership and life skills, along with academic success – a requirement for participation.
Established in 1996, the RBI program has continued to grow in Kansas City:
Expanded from serving 150 to nearly 1,000 participating youths each season
Every year, RBI sends teams to the regional playoffs, where they have the opportunity to qualify for the RBI World Series
In the spring of 2007, our RBI program was selected by The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation as one of five sites to be part of a pilot program to identify and strengthen quality RBI programs across the country
- 230 high school graduates who played baseball with through the Kansas City Boys and Girls Club RBI Program have gone to college
- 54 RBI players have received some level of scholarship assistance
- 2 RBI players were drafted by Major League Baseball