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Hudson Valley RBI : Mission Statement

HUDSON VALLEY RBI BASEBALL/SOFTBALL PROGRAM:

We are a non-profit organization located in the Hudson Valley of New York, and affiliated with the Major-League Baseball RBI Program. All donations are tax deductible.


HUDSON VALLEY RBI MISSION:

The HV RBI baseball/softball program is committed to provide Inner-City boys and girls, of diverse backgrounds, the opportunity to develop, participate and play in organized baseball/softball leagues and camps. Our belief is that our Inner-City boys and girls should be afforded the same opportunities as their peers in the surrounding communities. HV RBI is committed to create a developmental program of the highest quality for year-round instructional training, and confidence-building; develop skills and abilities to compete, on and off the field, with their peers.

HV VISION:

Completion of the program will develop the confidence and skills through training, to improve their players experience. Our success will come through our Coaches, and Mentors who will be equipped with the training and tools needed, to build confidence, love of the game, and the strategic understanding of the game of baseball/softball. We will provide Seminars , in partnership with Coaching Alliance clinics, and practice plans together with pregame routines.

After completion and participation in our program, our Inner-City boys and girls, will be empowered with the values of teamwork, respect, responsibility and leadership that will inspire them to become transformation leaders in their communities.

FOUNDERS AND SUPPORTERS:

The RBI program was founded in 1989 by a former Major League Baseball player, John Young. The idea was to reach out to disadvantaged youth and provide greater access and participation to them so that they too could live the joys of baseball.

RBI MISSION:

  • Increase participation and interest in baseball and softball among under-served
  • Encourage academic participation and achievement
  • Increase the 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

PARTICIPATION AND IMPACT:

There are approximately 300 Major League Baseball RBI programs in more than 200 cities worldwide. The RBI programs have impacted more than 260,000 boys and girls. The former baseball commissioner, Allan H. Selig, said Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities has proven to be a terrific source of professional-level talent for the game over the years. Between today's stars and the hopeful young players selected in this year's draft, the program is steadily achieving the intended goal of giving ballplayers from underserved communities and diverse backgrounds the opportunities to succeed on the field as well as off.

ALUMNI IN MAJORS:

RBI alumni on MLB rosters during the 2014 season include: 

CC Sabathia (Yankees),
Yovani Gallardo(Rangers),
Manny Machado(Orioles),
Carl Crawford(Dodgers),
Justin Upton(Padres), and
Covelli, Coco Crisp.

PARTNERS

Carl Rifkin Sr., Foundation,
New Balance,
Majestic,
Outdoor Cap,
Wilson,
Louisville Slugger,
Head & Shoulders,
Pitch in for Baseball and
Rawlings.


MAJOR-LEAGUE BASEBALL AND ALL 30 CLUS SUPPORT RBI:

MLB and its Clubs have designated more than $30 million worth of resources to the RBI program and all MLB Clubs support the RBI programs.

HV/RBI EDUCATION AND LIFE SKILLS SUPPORT:

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, multicultural character education program developed by Major League Baseball
  • BGCA's SportSMART program, a condensed version of BCGA'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 programing 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 Hooten Foundation, Hoot Chalk Talk raises awareness and provides education about the use of PEDs.

HV RBI SEASON:

Typical RBI leagues operated from May to August and provide five divisions of local league play for older participants. Freshman Boys (13-14-year-old), Junior Boys (15-16-year-old), Senior Boys (17-18-year-old) 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 will commence after 2 years of the program.

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