Syracuse RBI provides inner city youth with opportunities to Play, Learn, and Grow. We use the power of team to coach, teach, and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.
Syracuse RBI is partnering with The Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in a youth outreach program that intends to address the following:
Increase the number of underserved youth who participate in baseball and softball;
Promote inclusion of minorities in baseball and softball;
Prepare talented athletes to play baseball and softball in college and minor leagues;
Instill in participants the value of teamwork;
Encourage participants’ academic performance;
Offer character education through a partnership with the MLB Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life program; and
Prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (e.g., appearance and performance drugs) through partnerships with the BGCA SportSMART! program, Partnership for a DrugFree America, and the Taylor Hooton Foundation.
Syracuse RBI relies on contributions from individual donors, corporate sponsors, and foundations to provide uniforms, equipment, transportation, umpires, etc.
John Young, a former major league baseball player, developed the concept of RBI in 1989 to provide disadvantaged youth in Los Angeles with the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of baseball.
There are approximately 300 Major League Baseball RBI programs established in more than 200 cities worldwide. Since the inception of the program, over 1 million children have participated in MLB RBI programs and annually more than 200,000 boys and girls play in an RBI league.
All RBI programs are run by local organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs, MLB and Minor League Baseball Clubs, faith based organizations, community based organizations, independent baseball/softball organizations, and grassroots organizations.
Syracuse RBI is an affiliate of Major League Baseball’s RBI program. While MLB serves as a resource on many levels it does not provide any funding to Syracuse RBI.