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2017 RBI Spring League  Baseball/Softball/Tball

Spring 2017
2017-03-13 00:00:00.0
2017-07-01 00:00:00.0
MLB Youth Academy New Orleans (Wesley Barrow Stadium)

Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) will be entering its 26th year of play in 2015. From its inception in 1989 through the 2015 season, RBI has grown from a local program for boys in South Central Los Angeles to an international campaign encompassing more than 200 cities and as many as 200,000 male and female participants a year. In 2010 Jr. RBI was launched, designed to create new playing divisions that provide baseball and softball opportunities for children ages 5-12 that also serve as a feeder to the current RBI 13-18 baseball and softball divisions.

RBI leagues also are provided with a community version of Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life; a character education program based on the values demonstrated by Jackie Robinson. It is designed to teach children the values and traits they need to deal with barriers, obstacles and challenges in their lives. Other off-field programs are provided by the Partnership for Drug Free Kids with their Time to Talk, Play Healthy, and Not in my House character education programs aimed at preventing and handling drug and alcohol abuse. The Taylor Hooton Foundation' Hoot's Chalk Talk raises awareness and provides education on the subject of the use of APEDs.

Leagues also motivate participants to stay in school and pursue post-secondary education, and school attendance/performance is a requirement for joining and remaining on many RBI teams. RBI has been embraced in so many communities because it teaches kids that being a success in life takes more than succeeding on the ballfield -- it also means succeeding in the classroom and in the community.

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