Our Growth | Your Impact | 318 more kids engaged

We’re growing because of you!

Since RBI Austin began in 2011, we’ve seen the Lord faithfully grow our programs, our volunteers, our donors, and our impact.

Because of your help, RBI Austin continued to grow in 2017 and this is our largest year to date. We’ve served more kids, engaged more families, and teamed up with more volunteers and coaches than ever before.

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More kids, teams, and volunteers!

The number of inner-city Austin youth participating in RBI Austin programs grew by 37% in 2017. That is 318 MORE kids engaged than the year before.

Because of you, 1,171 kids were involved in a program where the gospel is central and where volunteers, donors, and staff care about their athletic, academic, and spiritual development and transformation.


RBI Mentoring…still going strong!

When we began RBI Austin’s Mentoring Program in 2014, we had a vision to match every Oak Springs 4th grader with a caring mentor. Mentors who would commit to being matched with an East Austin 4th grader and invest in their lives through high school graduation.

Three years into the program, and we’ve had 84 caring mentors say “YES” to coming alongside a mentee and develop them into the future leaders of their communities.

Last year 28 mentees received a mentor, and because of your support, we’re able to sustain these gospel-based, relational programs.

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THANK YOU!

RBI Austin exists to engage and develop inner-city Austin youth athletically, academically, and spiritually, empowering them to lead the transformation of their communities.

2017 Impact Report

 

Love of the game? Passionate about helping inner-city youth? Deeply believe relational programs like gospel-centered mentoring lead to life-long transformation?

Whatever your reason for engagement, we’re grateful for you and for what you bring to our RBI Austin team.

Join us in celebrating what you’ve made possible this year.

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October Volunteer Orientation 10/10

October Volunteer Orientation

Interested in serving with RBI Austin? Join us for our October Volunteer Orientation to learn more about us as well as current ways to get involved. Dinner is on us!

Year-Round Volunteer Roles
– Jr. RBI baseball & softball clinics
– Mentors
– RBI Afterschool at Oak Springs Elementary
– RBI Sno Cone Booth at elementary schools
– Field Maintenance
– Event Planning
– And more!

Orientation location: 313 E Anderson Lane, Building 3, 1st Floor

To RSVP: https://forms.rbiaustin.org/volunteer

A new school year with future leaders and mutually transformative relationships…

New School Year, Same Focus

As the season shifts from summer to fall, we’re all breathing a little easier, falling back into normal rhythms, and getting excited about all the Lord has in store for this new season!

With the start of a new school year, we’re dreaming big dreams for our RBI Austin kiddos and praying the Lord continues to use the RBI Mentoring Program to develop our mentees into the future leaders of their communities.


Something to celebrate!

With your help, during the 2016-2017 school year, we matched 84% of the eligible Oak Springs Elementary 4th graders with a committed mentor, bringing us to a total of 26 matches for the class of 2025. That’s something to celebrate!

With 85 total mentor matches to date, we’re excited to continue to see our mentoring program grow with the class of 2026.


Be one of our FIRST mentors for the class of 2026!

If you are interested in being a mentor, sign up to be one of our FIRST mentors for the class of 2026!!

Contact our Lead Mentor Coordinator, Bitia Buenrostro at bitia@rbiaustin.org.


New Staff Mentor Coordinator 

The last couple of years the Lord has grown our mentoring program in many ways, and we are excited to introduce to you RBI Austin’s newest staff member – Andy Garcia!

We are thankful to have Andy on board as Mentor Coordinator to help shepherd our male mentors and mentees as well as help with general operations of our program.

Andy grew up in San Luis Potosí, México and Weslaco, TX, is fluent in both Spanish and English, loves food, and enjoys running. He attends the Church of the Violet Crown in East Austin, where he serves in audio editing/production as well as in their worship team.

Join us in welcoming Andy to our team!


 

Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam 9/10

Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam

Sunday, September 10
Dell Diamond
Round Rock, Texas

Softball, music, and a good cause? Attend the Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam on Sunday, September 10 at Dell Diamond, and support RBI Austin kids at the same time!

 

Over the years, Reckless Kelly has been a strong advocate and supporter of our RBI Austin kids through equipment donations, performances at RBI events, and through the $290,000 renovation of East Austin’s Mabson Field.

The event will kick off at 1 p.m. with an antic-filled softball game featuring several former MLB, NFL and University of Texas All-American athletes, including RBI Austin board member Cat Osterman. Immediately following the game, the outfield will open up for a six-hour concert featuring 20+ acts performing on two centerfield stages.

Purchase tickets before Friday, September 1 for the most discounted rate.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Nolan Ryan Foundation and the Reckless Kelly Charitable Youth Foundation, with a focus on supporting youth sports programs in Central Texas.

More event information: www.rkcsj.org

Purchase tickets today!

Play Fall Ball!

Fall Ball League Information  

Did your kiddos love playing ball this summer and want to continue playing this fall? We encourage you to sign your kids up for a fall baseball/softball team to continue developing their skills and love for the game.

Three of our partner leagues host fall baseball/softball leagues on the same youth fields you played on this summer!  Below are registration details:

GEAYA (Greater East Austin Youth Association)/Mabson Field
Boys & Girls ages 5-14
Registration Deadline: August 25th
Price: $50 per child (T-Ball is $40/child)

NAO (North Austin Optimist)
Boys & Girls ages 4-14
Registration Deadline: August 31st
Price: $75 per child

Delwood Little League Baseball (Delwood Sportsplex)
Boys & Girls ages 3-16 (T-Ball and Baseball Leagues only)
Registration Deadline: September 3rd
Price: $55 T-ball, $65 all others

Fall leagues are also available through Central Austin Youth League (CAYL).

Continue to check our Facebook page for season photos as we will be adding more team pictures over the next couple of weeks! We hope you all have a great fall season!

Cat Osterman Softball Clinics for RBI Austin

RBI Austin Softball Clinics with Cat Osterman & Texas State Softball

Did you know that 331 (32%) of RBI Austin players are girls?

Our softball program has come a long way since the start of RBI Austin in 2011 when we had no softball teams. In 2013 RBI Austin – with the help of Cat Osterman – introduced its first girls-only softball division and since then softball has steadily grown in numbers from year to year.

This year RBI Austin offered its players two softball clinics led by four-time All-American, University of Texas softball player, and Olympic gold medalist, Cat Osterman. Osterman, now an assistant softball coach at Texas State University, brought several of her star Bobcat softball players with her to serve as instructors at the clinics. The first clinic focused on hitting and defense, allowing RBI Austin’s softball players to get an edge up in this aspect of their game. The second clinic focused solely on pitching which allowed for plenty of personal instruction from Cat and a few of her top Texas State pitchers.

Although Cat and the Texas State players did an excellent job demonstrating why they were leaders on the field, the added treat came when we learned how they lead off the field. Osterman made a point to open and close the clinic in prayer, while also praising her players on being admirable women of the Lord. This was clearly displayed by Texas State outfielder, Christiana McDowell, who shared with the RBI Austin softball players in attendance her testimony of coming to know Christ, and how that has changed her life.

 

Thanks to Cat and her Texas State softball players, both clinics were once-in-a-lifetime opportunities exclusively for the girls of RBI Austin.  We’re looking forward to continuing to watch softball grow and positively impact young women throughout our organization and our city.

Fall Ball

If you are looking for an opportunity to continue developing your softball skills and love for the game this fall, a couple of our partner leagues host fall softball leagues. Below are some registration details:

GEAYA (Greater East Austin Youth Association)/Mabson Field
Boys & Girls ages 5-14
Registration Deadline: August 25th
Price: $50 per child (T-Ball is $40/child)

NAO (North Austin Optimist)
Boys & Girls ages 4-14
Registration Deadline: August 31st
Price: $75 per child

Jr. RBI Closing Ceremonies + Triple-A for a Day on August 12th!

Jr. RBI Closing Ceremonies + Triple-A for a Day on August 12th!

“Triple-A for a Day” Returns for Fifth Year

Express to bring Dell Diamond’s Game Atmosphere to Austin Baseball Nonprofit

 

ROUND ROCK, Texas – The Round Rock Express are once again teaming up with RBI Austin to bring Dell Diamond’s lively atmosphere to their 12U baseball and softball championships as part of the fifth annual “Triple-A for a Day” event. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, August 12.

New in 2017, the championship games will be held at North Austin Optimist. First pitch for the softball game is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. and the baseball game is set for 7:30 p.m.

RBI Austin will recognize league MVPs and other award winners during Closing Ceremonies between the two contests. Triple-A for a Day is open to the public and free to attend. All are invited to enjoy the festivities.

“The efforts RBI Austin has made over the last five years to further engage inner-city youth through the games of baseball and softball and empower them to lead the transformation within their communities has been awe inspiring. With the game as their vehicle and mentorship as their passion, the RBI Austin team continues to create a lasting impact throughout our community. Needless to say, we are very proud to be part of it,” Round Rock Express General Manager Tim Jackson said.

Fans attending Triple-A for a Day will recognize many unique elements from Dell Diamond’s gameday atmosphere, including “the fastest chickens in Texas” racing in the Chicken Race, inflatables, prize giveaways and much more.

This year’s Triple-A for a Day event is included in the Covering Home initiative, a joint effort between the Express and the United Heritage Charity Foundation to give back to the community. Volunteers from both organizations will be on hand during the championship games. The Express aim to provide RBI Austin athletes, their families and the community with the opportunity to watch baseball in a fun and unique setting they would not normally experience.

“We are honored to continue our partnership with RBI Austin and the Triple-A for a Day program into a fifth season,” Jackson said. “We get to experience professional baseball every day, so to bring that atmosphere and excitement to RBI Austin athletes and families is special for us.”

For more information on the Express, visit www.RoundRockExpress.com or call (512) 255-2255. Keep up with the Express on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter!

About RBI Austin – Launched in 2011, RBI Austin exists to engage and develop inner-city Austin youth athletically, academically and spiritually, empowering them to lead the transformation of their communities. RBI Austin is the only Austin affiliate of MLB’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program (RBI) and is part of local non-profit The For the City Network. RBI Austin serves over 1,000 inner-city boys and girls through low-cost baseball and softball leagues, free clinics and year-round mentoring. For more info, visit www.rbiaustin.org and follow RBI Austin on Facebook and Twitter.

About Round Rock Express Baseball – Round Rock Express Baseball Club is in its 18th season and its seventh as Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The franchise was founded by Ryan Sanders Baseball – an ownership group spearheaded by Reid Ryan, son of Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan and is now led by CEO Reese Ryan. The Express began as the Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros in 2000 and moved to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League in 2005, remaining an Astros affiliate through the 2010 season. Round Rock has established numerous attendance records at Dell Diamond and has remained in the top five in total attendance in all of Minor League Baseball 16 of the past 17 seasons. The Express won the 2011 PCL American Southern Division title and the 2015 American Conference championship.

About Covering Home – Covering Home was initially launched in early 2016 to offer Express staff, coaches and players organized opportunities during the work week to give back to the community. By choosing a new cause with whom to partner each month, employees can participate in volunteering that is important to them. With the help of United Heritage Credit Union’s nonprofit arm, United Heritage Charity Foundation, the Express have been able to make an even bigger impact on the Central Texas community and beyond.

 

Again, here are the details:

What: Triple-A for a Day (including Jr. RBI Closing Ceremonies and 12U Softball and 12U Baseball championship games)
When: Saturday, August 12th — Closing Ceremonies at 6:30pm in between the 12U Softball Championship @ 5:00pm and the 12U Baseball Championship @ 7:30pm
Where: North Austin Optimist (NAO) —  1105 Morrow St., Austin, TX 78757
Who: All RBI kids, families, volunteers, and friends!
Why: To celebrate the end of the season!

See you at NAO on Saturday, August 12th!

Meet the Team: T-Ball Royals

Meet the Team: T-Ball Royals

Player: Kiyan

  • TEAM: T-Ball Royals
  • TIME with RBI: First season
  • SCHOOL: Lee Lewis Campbell Elementary
  • CAREER DREAMS: What do you want to be when you grow up? A Disney actor
  • LOVE OF THE GAME: What’s your favorite part about playing baseball? It’s awesome!
  • FAVORITE POSITION: Center field
  • FAVORITE PLAYER: Who is your favorite baseball player? The girl, Mo’ne Davis
     

 Parent: Amanda

  • RBI KIDS: One son, Kiyan.
  • TIME with RBI: This is our first season.
  • PERSONAL VALUE: What do you think Kiyan gains the most from being involved with RBI off of the ball field? The friendships and teamwork. 
  • BASEBALL PARENT: What’s the hardest part about being a baseball parent? The heat!
  • FAVORITE PART OF THE GAME: What is your favorite part of the game of baseball? Watching the kids play. They’re so cute!

 

Coach: Allie

  • TIME with RBI:This is my second year coaching with RBI! 
  • FAVORITE RBI MEMORY: Seeing some of our smallest players develop into kids that can throw, hit, and run super confidently.
  • PARENTS and PLAYERS: What do you think families and players gain the most from being involved with RBI? Community, friendship and just learning how to play sports. You learn a lot through team sports and parents get to grow as they get to watch their kids and learn from them. It can be very encouraging.
  • FAVORITE BASEBALL MEMORY: What’s your favorite baseball memory? One of our kids who was going to be placed on a different team this summer, ended up being placed with us again. He’s been hitting home-runs for us left and right. It’s incredible to be able to see the amount of confidence he’s gained and just how much he has grown since last year.

Triple-A for a Day: August 12th

Triple-A for a Day

Saturday, August 12th

What: Triple-A for a Day (including Jr. RBI Closing Ceremonies and 12U Softball and 12U Baseball championship games)
When: Saturday, August 12th — Closing Ceremonies at 6:30pm in between the 12U Softball Championship @ 5:00pm and the 12U Baseball Championship @ 7:30pm
Where: North Austin Optimist (NAO) —  1105 Morrow St., Austin, TX 78757
Who: All RBI kids, families, volunteers, and friends!
Why: To celebrate the end of the season!

We’re getting pumped about the Jr. RBI Closing Ceremonies (with award presentations for every division and championship games) at Triple-A for a Day on Saturday, August 12th.

The Round Rock Express is bringing their gameday crew, fun, and entertainment to make the Jr. RBI Austin Closing Ceremonies and 12U softball and 12U baseball championship games an event for the whole RBI Austin family.

ALL players are invited and EVERY team will be recognized during the Team MVP Awards at the Closing Ceremony (6:30 p.m.). So whether you’re playing in one of the championship games or joining us in the stands, there will be fun for every player, family, and fan!

8/12 Championship Game Lineup

  • 10U Softball Championship: 9:00 a.m. (NAO #5)
  • Coach Pitch Championship: 5:00 p.m.(NAO #3)
  • 10U Baseball Championship: 5:00 p.m. (NAO #4)
  • 12U Softball Championship: 5:00 p.m. (NAO #5)
  • 12U Baseball Championship: 7:30 p.m. (NAO #4)
  • 15U Softball Championship: 7:30 p.m. (NAO #5)

Have questions? Email us at info@rbiaustin.org.