More about Major League Baseball – Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities
Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) uses baseball and softball programs as a means to improve the lives of youth, ages 5 to 18, from economically-challenged communities in predominantly urban areas. With many fees for equipment, uniforms, travel, and league participation, the costs to participate in baseball and softball leagues are prohibitive for many families, especially those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The RBI program offers a positive outlet to play baseball and softball at very little or no cost for youth who would not have the opportunity to take part in these types of extracurricular activity. The initiative, designed and operated by Major League Baseball, implements programs that go beyond providing quality baseball and softball instruction by promoting academic achievement and excellence in all areas of life. Components of the program include college scholarships, opportunities to travel, and opportunities to interact with other youth of diverse backgrounds from the United States and abroad. Through these programs, RBI seeks to give underserved youth a positive place to grow and learn in a productive manner and helps them build character, set and achieve goals and, ultimately, equips them with the means to transcend their circumstances.