A cornerstone program of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF), Dodgers RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) is part of an international Major League Baseball initiative, which today encompasses more than 200 cities and over 260,000 youth, helping them to grow on and off the field.
Dodgers RBI is a comprehensive, urban youth baseball program for boys and girls, ages 5-18. Dodgers RBI was built on the joint pillars of LADF, offering youth the opportunity to learn and enjoy the games of baseball and softball, while also emphasizing education, recreation and healthy habits for young people. LADF provides uniforms and equipment, recruitment assistance, supplemental marketing assistance, cash grants for umpires and field maintenance, coach clinics, special events and tournaments and education and health resources to all partners. Through Dodgers RBI, LADF offers youth baseball/softball clinics, financial literacy seminars, coaching education, free eye screenings/exams and eyeglasses and several visits to Dodger Stadium to all Dodgers RBI participants.
In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Venice, City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks, County of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation and MLB Compton Urban Youth Academy, LADF launched Dodgers RBI in March of 2014. In its first season (March-August 2014), Dodgers RBI consisted of 2,700 youth, 9 divisions of play including baseball and softball with more than 200 teams across South Los Angeles, Compton, and Venice. For the 2015 season, the Dodgers RBI program expanded to include the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club and expects to serve close to 4,000 participants and more than 250 baseball and softball teams throughout South Los Angeles and the surrounding communities.
Goals of Dodgers RBI:
The vision of the Dodgers RBI Program is to create a sustainable, scalable model that includes 10,000 youth over a 3 to 5 year period. The target age group will remain 5-18. Particular emphasis will be placed on youth ages 13-15 to address the significant drop off at this age. Efforts will be steered towards increasing the declining African American youth participating in baseball and further emphasis will be placed on increasing the number of girls playing baseball and softball.
CITY OF LOS ANGELES
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES
VENICE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS
MLB URBAN YOUTH ACADEMLY, COMPTON
LOS ANGELES BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS