FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 14, 2015
KCMO & RBI Partner to give kids baseball and life skills
Residents, Royals fans provide support for Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities
This Saturday, The City of Kansas City, Mo. will join Kansas City, Missouri Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) at the 2015 RBI season-ending celebration to honor more than 800 youth who participated in the baseball program this year. At the awards ceremony and celebration, the City of Kansas City will present RBI with a $35,000 check to assist the program with winter conditioning and the purchase of a sand-pro machine. The donation was made possible through proceeds from the City’s sale of commemorative “Royals Avenue” signs during the 2014 play-offs and World Series run.
“City pride is in abundance thanks to the many accomplishments made by the City of Kansas City over the last year,” said City Communications Director, Chris Hernandez. “Last fall, the Royals showed us the importance of hard work and team work. We are proud to support Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, which works each year to show our youth what these skills mean in the game of baseball—and in the real world.”
Presentation of the donation will take place on Saturday, August 15 at the Cleveland Park Complex, located directly across from the Thornberry Club at 3831 E. 43rd St, KCMO 64130. Their ceremony will begin at 2 p.m.
The RBI program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City gives boys and girls, ages 5-18, the opportunity to play baseball and softball, all the while learning the importance of teamwork, leadership and life skills. The Program was founded in 1996 with partnership from the Kansas City Royals, KCMO Parks & Recreation Department and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
Media inquiries may be directed to Chris Hernandez, City Communications Director, at 816-513-3474.