Major League Baseball Urban Youth Foundation, Inc. recognizes the importance of encouraging academic excellence in addition to athletic skills. That's why, in 2007, Major League Baseball established the "RBI (Runs Batted In) for RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) Scholarship Fund", to help provide financial assistance to youth who participate in the RBI program and wish to pursue post secondary education.
In 2016, the fund will provide annual scholarships of up to $5,000 for up to twelve (12) selected RBI players who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership skills and financial need and who plan to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, vocational school or technical school. The actual amount of each scholarship grant is based on the recipient's annual tuition and expenses. In 2008, six $5,000 scholarships were awarded to RBI participants; from 2009 to 2015, twelve students annually were awarded $5,000 scholarships. The RBI for RBI Scholarship is renewable for up to four (4) years totaling $20,000 of financial assistance to each scholar as they further their education.
MLB UYF appreciates that through the encouragement of education, underserved youth will have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams. The RBI for RBI Scholarship Fund was created to recognize young men and women who are dedicated to both personal and academic excellence. Financial assistance will be granted to scholars who have the desire, but not the means, to fulfill their dreams through higher education.
Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) is a Major League Baseball youth outreach program designed to:
Increase participation and interest in baseball and softball among underserved youth
Encourage academic participation and achievement
Increase number of talented athletes prepared to play in college and minor leagues
Promote greater inclusion of minorities into the mainstream of the game
Teach the value of teamwork
The RBI program features educational and life skills components. Local RBI programs have the opportunity to conduct a variety of courses, including:
Breaking Barriers: In Sports, in Life, a multicultural character education program developed by Major League Baseball
BGCA's SportSMART! program, a condensed version of BGCA's award-winning SMART Moves program designed to assist young people in learning how to resist alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and premature sexual activity
Partnership for a Drug-Free America programming such as Time to Talk, Play Healthy, and Not in my House, character education programs aimed at preventing and handling drug and alcohol abuse
Taylor Hooton Foundation, Hoot's Chalk Talk raises awareness and provides education on the subject of the use of PEDs
For information on how to join RBI, or how your program can become an RBI program, please contact:
Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities: Major League Baseball Phone: (212) 931-7800 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Typical RBI leagues operate from May to August and provide five divisions of local league play for older participants: Freshman Boys (13-14 year olds), Junior Boys (15-16 year olds), Senior Boys (17-18 year olds) and Softball (14-and-under and 18-and-under). Tournament play for these ages typically begins in late July with Regional qualifying tournaments for advancement to the RBI World Series in early August.