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.
450 participants/26 total teams