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Orioles RBI Program

ABOUT REVIVING BASEBALL IN INNER CITIES (RBI)

Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) is a youth outreach program designed to promote interest in baseball, increase the self-esteem of disadvantaged children, and encourage kids to stay in school and stay off the streets. The program is a national Major League Baseball initiative administered and financially supported by the Orioles at a local level.

The Orioles also provide additional unique experiences for participants, including hosting team members at inner city youth clinics involving current and former players providing instruction, as well as hosting all participants to watch a game at Oriole Park and providing them with game tickets, bus transportation, concessions, hats and t-shirts. RBI participants in 2012 were also invited to be in the audience for major press conferences, be part of pre-game ceremonies including Opening Day, and autograph sessions with players.

Each year, the Orioles host a championship game for each division, giving the players a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play baseball on a Major League field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Winners of each division are presented trophies during a pre-game ceremony and an All-Star team is put together and given the opportunity to play at the Regional Tournament hosted by MLB. The tournament is played in Harrisburg, PA, with the Orioles providing bus transportation, per diem and hotel accommodations for two teams.

ESTABLISHED LEAGUES

450 participants/26 total teams

Boys:
Youth Division 10-12 years old
Junior Division 13-15 years old
Senior Division 16-18 years old
Girls:
Softball League 13-17 years old

SUPPORT

Orioles cover all costs that would be required from each team to participate in the league.
Orioles provide each team with a bat, 3 dozen baseballs, and hats for each player on the team. Umpire fees are also covered by the Orioles Charitable Foundation.
Orioles cover all expenses given to the travel teams for each division (Youth, Junior, Senior and Softball) to represent RBI Baltimore in the Regional Tournament held in Harrisburg, PA. Each athlete gets to travel like a professional player, traveling on the same buses used by the Orioles, staying overnight in a hotel, and collecting per diem.
Orioles Productions will feature select game highlights on the Orioles center field video board during home Orioles games.
Orioles RBI