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RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) is a grassroots, outreach program of Major League Baseball that targets underserved kids and underserved communities. Started in South Central Los Angeles in 1989, its original goal was to get teenage boys off the streets and out of gangs, and onto baseball diamonds. It now reaches over 250,000 boys and girls in over 200 communities worldwide. Indianapolis became affiliated 1996, and has about 1200 boys and girls ages 3-18 that play in the RBI Indianapolis program each year.
RBI Indianapolis will select five all-star teams to represent Indy this July in the RBI Regional Tournament in Detroit and the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League Inner City Classic in Chicago. For many of these kids, this trip may be their first time out of the state or even the city…an exciting, yet daunting experience. So, although winning the tournaments is a goal, the road trip is more important.
RBI Indianapolis prides itself on making the RBI experience affordable to its players. No player is charged more than $25 to play in the league and many play for free. Sponsorships and fundraisers help cover the costs of the tournament travel.
Although we would love to see some of our players one day play in the Big Leagues (and it has happened once with Corey Wade, Broad Ripple H.S., New York Yankees), we realize the likelihood is very slim. So for the RBI Indianapolis program, it’s all about creating “Major League” citizens. The RBI travel experience is a big part of building a foundation of success for our young people and their futures.
Thank you for your support of the RBI Indianapolis program!
28 is the number of wins the Butler women's softball team had this year as they won their first Big East title and earned a berth to the NCAA tournament. Go Dawgs!
July 12, 2016, 9:59 a.m.
I chose #19 in honor of Mr. Padre Tony Gwynn who passed away 2 years and 2 days ago.
June 17, 2016, 1:57 p.m.
Bob Gibson & Pedro Martínez. Nothing else needs to be said.
June 14, 2016, 11:03 a.m.
I am proud to have been involved with this program since its inception and am gratified by the help it has provided to so many, milt
June 7, 2016, 9:55 a.m.
Had the chance to see up close the great work PBI is doing and always admired the great Jackie Robinson so we chose his celebrated number.
June 6, 2016, 4:05 p.m.
Love Play Ball Indy and their mission to inspire the love of baseball in a new generation of kids! Keep up the good work!
June 2, 2016, 6:14 p.m.
When I was a boy, Johnny Bench was my favorite baseball player. No. 5 inspired me to be the best catcher I could be, and showed me how the game was played. Here's hoping that this summer RBI can inspire a few players to be the best they can be too. Go Indy RBI!
June 2, 2016, 9:31 a.m.
Mets: 1970s. Coming off the championship season, I was enamored by the franchise, Tom Terrific. They broke my heart during the summer of 1977 by trading him away to Cincinnati of all places. I found myself misguidedly rooting for Reggie on the hated Yankees for one season (hey, there was this blackout and serial killer on the loose, should be easy to see how I temporarily lost my mind for a bit), but my heart really was always in Queens. Currently the only retired number, but soon to be joined by Mike Piazza's 31, the jersey number 41 will always have a special place in my heart. These kids today should also have baseball memories that they keep with them. Hoping this helps generate those lasting memories. Let's Go RBI!
May 24, 2016, 10:19 a.m.
I picked $21 dollars as a tribute to the late, great Roberto Clemente who worn Uniform # 21! Proud member of the Board of Directors of RBI Indy as well! Happy to support the Kids!
May 24, 2016, 10:03 a.m.
I found $20 while sorting through our music cabinet and thought, "Gee, I should give it to RBI!"
May 13, 2016, 12:55 p.m.
In honor of Seattle Mariners Hall of Famer, The Big Unit, Randy Johnson #51. Go M's!
May 12, 2016, 1:23 p.m.
Let's support the great work of Play Ball Indiana, the RBI program and these kids!
May 6, 2016, 9:56 a.m.
I give Play Ball Indiana a 10 for the amazing impact they are making on kids lives.
May 4, 2016, 10:45 a.m.