June 4, 2015 - Major League Baseball today announced that Macon RBI – baseball would be one of the teams playing in the seventh annual Jr. Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Classic, a friendly, round-robin tournament consisting of more than one hundred young baseball and softball players held each year during MLB All-Star Week. The event provides kids (ages 11-12 from Jr. RBI playing divisions) with the opportunity to participate in All-Star Week events and other off-field experiences, including rooming on a college campus, giving back to the community and meeting current and former Major Leaguers. The tournament will be played from July 10th to July 13th on fields throughout Cincinnati, the host city of the 86thMLB All-Star Game.
The Macon-RBI team is one of 11 teams chosen from 200 cities to participate in this all expense paid trip by MLB. This is significant because there are 300 leagues in 200 cities worldwide.
“The RBI program overall has 230,000 boys and girls participating, and the fact that we will have 12 boys ages 11 and 12 chosen out of that large a pool is remarkable,” said Jeff Battcher, MACON RBI League Administrator.
As part of their All-Star experience, the young participants will help give back by helping to package food for families facing hunger with The Giving Fields, a community farm located in Melbourne, Kentucky which is part of the Freestore Foodbankand provides fresh produce for Northern Kentucky food pantries, soup kitchens, and other agencies that provide emergency food. All participants will also have the opportunity to visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
The Jr. RBI playing divisions, established in 2009, provide opportunities to play baseball and softball to young people ages 5 to 12, and serve as a feeder program to the 13-18 age playing divisions of the RBI program.
The RBI program, which has served approximately two million young people since its inception in 1989, is the Major League Baseball youth initiative designed to provide young people, ages 5 to 18 from underserved and urban communities, with opportunities to play baseball and softball, while also encouraging excellence and achievement in education, and teaching the value of teamwork and other important life lessons. The RBI program currently serves approximately 230,000 boys and girls in over than 300 programs that are established in more than 200 cities worldwide. MLB and all 30 Clubs have designated more than $30 million worth of resources to the RBI program, and all 30 Clubs support RBI leagues. For more information, please visit: MLB.com/rbi.
About the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 86th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati and will feature the best of the American League taking on the top players of the National League. Building up to the excitement of the All-Star Game, Major League Baseball will conduct a wide variety of special events and charitable activities for fans both inside and outside of GABP. At the ballpark, the events will include All-Star Sunday on July 12th featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, and Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday, July 13thfeaturing the MLB Home Run Derby on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio. Outside of the ballpark, fans will have an opportunity to experience All-Star Summer through a variety of special events including T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, the five-day interactive fan festival; and the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet, a free parade of All-Stars. The Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally on FOX, broadcast on ESPN Radio and will be shown around the world by Major League Baseball International. For more information about 2015 All-Star Summer, visit AllStarGame.com.
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Contact: Macon RBI - Jeff Battcher (404) 713-074
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