Since taking control of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Guggeneheim group has pushed to be more involved within the Los Angeles Community. The new owners launched the Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball last month in an effort to provide low income youth with the opportunity to attend a Dodger game.
The next program from the Dodgers will come to fruition Saturday. According to a press release from the team, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation intends to start this year’s Dodgers RBI Program with a special event at Dodger Stadium on Saturday:
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) will launch Dodgers RBI Saturday, May 3 with Dodgers RBI PlayerFest presented by Bank of America from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Dodger Stadium. More than 1,000 children ages 5-18 who will participate in Dodgers RBI this season through City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks, Boys and Girls Club of Venice and the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton will be in attendance. Dodgers RBI will serve 11 locations in some of the most under-resourced areas throughout Los Angeles and is comprised of 185 teams and nearly 400 coaches.
The program is designed to revive baseball in inner cities and has strong roots in the Los Angeles area. Dodgers owner Magic Johnson expressed his excitement in getting the program running:
“We are proud to share in the work of Commissioner Selig and MLB’s on-field Diversity Task Force,” said Dodger Owner Earvin “Magic” Johnson. “Dodgers RBI is built on the belief that making baseball accessible to inner-city youth can make a difference on the field, at school, in the community and in these youngsters’ futures. I want to congratulate all of our Dodgers RBI players, wish them the best of luck and let them know the Dodgers look forward to sharing in their success.”
The children attending the event will receive Dodger tickets and special video greetings from a list of Dodger players that includes Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig, among others.
The 2014 MLB RBI West Tournament and inaugural MLB Jr. RBI Showcase Classic will take place at Dodger Stadium. Participants in the Dodgers RBI program will have the opportunity to play against other inner city youth from around the Western United States.
Current Dodger Crawford is an alumnus from the Houston RBI program, while the Oakland A’s Coco Crisp and the Chicago Cubs’ James McDonald also participated in Los Angeles RBI.
Additional information on the MLB RBI program can be found at MLB.com/rbi.