About Marlins RBI
Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), presented by KPMG, is a youth program offering children ages 13-18, who live in disadvantaged areas, the opportunity to participate in organized baseball/softball. This program is designed to promote interest in baseball, academic achievement and social responsibility. The Florida Marlins organizes and supplies the RBI league with uniforms, umpires and field usage and equipment for nearly 600 children. 2010 marks a nationwide pilot year for Jr. RBI; which is for kids 6-12 and will be a feeder program for RBI. The mini Marlins league will now roll into Jr. RBI. The program will be run through the city of Miami parks and recreation with the possibility of a separate league through the County.
Thirteen RBI teams traveled from the Southeast to participate in the Regional Tournament held from July 24-26 at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL. Teams from Miami were joined by teams from Atlanta, Bradenton, Charleston (SC) and Tampa. The Miami Marlins Juniors took home the division title and the All-Star team from Tampa claimed the Senior championship during the SE Regionals. Girls were also represented during the weekend with their own softball tournament at the Lake Catherine Sportsplex in Palm Beach Gardens. Tampa defeated Miami in the softball championship game and competed in the RBI World Series.
The 2009 RBI World Series also took place at Roger Dean Stadium and the Lake Catherine Sportsplex with the Championship game played at the home of the Marlins, Sun Life Stadium.
Three Miami All-Star teams have won the RBI World Series: 2004 Boys Seniors, 1999 Girls Softball and 1997 Boys Juniors. For more information on RBI and the 17th annual Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series presented by KPMG