Combatting the Odds

“What’s one of the most encouraging things about seeing RBI Austin grow?”

I’m asked this question often, and to give an answer, I want you to meet my friend Bryan and his mentee Landon, who just celebrated their two-year mentor/mentee anniversary on November 5th.

As the child of an incarcerated father, Landon is six times more likely to be expelled or suspended from school than other children.

And as a black male, Landon has a one in three chance of going to prison in his lifetime.

Our prayer is that Landon will overcome those odds.

RBI mentoring and baseball are slowly transforming Landon — tempering anger, building self-esteem, and growing in the ability to maintain positive relationships.

RBI Austin has provided Landon a consistent, year-round mentor whom we’ve seen God use to point Landon to the truth that there is One who will never leave him, never walk out, never stop showing up. 

Along with his mentor, baseball is a mechanism we’ve seen God use to shake Landon’s leadership skills to the surface. 

“We gradually introduced him to baseball, and I think he surprised himself. You could see self-esteem building up in him because he challenged himself to do something he hadn’t done before. I don’t think he’s had an opportunity to display his leadership characteristics, and baseball helped him tap into those characteristics that he didn’t realize he had,” shared Bryan, Landon’s mentor.

Thanks to your support, Landon is not the only RBI Austin kid engaged in a transformative, year-round relationship.

Through our mentor match program and baseball/softball programs, 142 of our 1,171 RBI Austin kids (12%) are engaged in a year-round relationship with an RBI coach or mentor. But that still leaves the majority of our RBI Austin kids who direly need a consistent relationship like Landon has with Bryan.

How you can help combat the odds:

  1. Please join me in praying for the Lord to DOUBLE the number of RBI Austin kids engaged in a year-round coach/mentor relationship in 2018 from 142 to 284.
  2. Make a year-end gift to help us reach our goal! As of today, $31,220 of our $82,542 Going Going Give goal has been raised – thank you!! We still need $51,322 and would love your help in meeting our goal.

Thank you for believing in RBI Austin, in Landon, and in our 1,170 other RBI Austin kids.

We’re grateful to have you on our team,

Matt Price
Founder & Director, RBI Austin

P.S. If you haven’t done so already, I invite you to make a year-end gift by December 31st through one of the giving links below.

RBI Austin: Taking Back Youth Sports

Taking Back Youth Sports

How do trends in private lessons price out low-income youth from sports? Watch the video below to see how RBI Austin is stepping up to the plate to provide quality, competitive baseball and softball for inner-city Austin youth.

A growing trend in youth sports is private instruction to take a player’s game to the next level.

But here’s a curveball, unfortunately private lessons typically cost $50 – $100/hour or several hundred dollars per month.

It’s a different ball game for inner-city Austin youth.

This extra several hundred dollars a month prices out youth from low-income families.

RBI Austin is stepping up to the plate.

At our RBI Austin 12U Baseball Academy, our 12U players are being trained twice a week by high-level instructors.  Our instructor list includes former college players, including a recently graduated Texas Longhorn baseball player!

We just might have some future Longhorn players on these teams.

Female Mentors Needed

Female Mentors Needed!

RBI Mentoring program is growing and we have ten Oak Springs Elementary 4th grade girls who are waiting to be matched with a female mentor!

Who believed in you when you were growing up? Who saw and affirmed characteristics in you that you didn’t even know you possessed? Who was present when others walked out? Who helped you realize you were capable? Valuable? Worthy?

We need female mentors who are committed to investing in the life of a 4th grade girl through high school graduation and develop her into a future leader of her community.

Our prayer is to identify 15 females over the course of this school year who are ready to make this commitment to mentor with RBI.

Would you consider joining us? 

If you are interested or if you’d just like some more information, the first step is to attend one of our orientations. The last volunteer orientation of 2017 is on Tuesday, November 28th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Interested? Great!
•  Sign up for our next orientation here.
OR
• Contact our Lead Mentor Coordinator Bitia Buenrostro at bitia@rbiaustin.org.

Free FCA Baseball Clinic 12/2

Free FCA Baseball Clinic on December 2nd with MLB Players!

 

Sign up today for the Central Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) More Than Baseball Clinic on December 2nd!

RBI Austin is partnering with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) again this year in a free baseball clinic for 6th-12th grade boys on Saturday, December 2nd!

Registration is now OPEN for the FCA More Than Baseball Clinic to be held on Saturday, December 2nd. Receive great instruction from former Major League Players, Local Coaches, College and Minor League Players. The clinic will be held at two locations (North and South), so please pick which one is more convenient for your family.

3D Coaching/Parenting training also available for parents and coaches. Players, Parents and Coaches register on same site below (click link below).

Players must complete a waiver to participate (view waiver here). Print, complete, and bring with you when you come on December 2nd.

Register for this Clinic: Click to Register Here
Purchase Your $10 T-shirt (Optional): Click to buy T-shirt Here

What: Free FCA More Than Baseball Clinic
When: Saturday, December 2nd from 10AM – 1PM
Where: Two clinic locations

  • NORTH: Georgetown High School – 2211 N Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626;
  • SOUTH: Oak Hill Youth Sports Complex – 6300 Joe Tanner Ln, Austin, TX 78749

Who: Boys ages 6th-12th grade and Youth Coaches
Cost: FREE
How: Click here to sign up

SIGN UP HERE

 

We hope to see you on Saturday, December 2nd!

 

Going, Going, Give: Swinging for a double!

We’re swinging for a double — not a homerun — here’s why!

You’ve seen what your impact has done for inner-city Austin youth, and today as we’re kicking off our annual Going, Going, Give campaign, would you consider continuing your support of RBI Austin kids as we seek to deepen that impact in 2018?

Swinging for a double

Through our mentor match program and baseball/softball programs, 142 of our 1,171 RBI Austin kids (12%) are engaged in a year-round relationship with an RBI coach or mentor.  Our vision for 2018 is to DOUBLE that number from 142 to 284 by:

  • Growing our active mentor-mentee matches from 67 to 91
  • Expanding our RBI Baseball/Softball Academy from 26 to 52 players
  • Increasing our year-round coach-player relationships from 49 to 141

These year-round relationships are the #1 measure of success for RBI Austin because they lead to:

  • Youth developing into all God created them to be
  • Faithful future fathers and mothers, husbands and wives
  • Strong family units deeply invested in their community
  • Transformed inner-city communities

This year’s goal

In order to realize this vision, we need to raise $82,542 by December 31st. Your support will enable us to double the number of RBI Austin kids in a year-round relationship from 142 to 284 in 2018!

Give now toward our goal!

Tomorrow’s Deadline — brand new perks sweeten the deal!

A quick reminder about tomorrow’s early deadline for Now at Bat sponsorship commitments. Individuals/businesses who commit to a sponsorship (any level) by tomorrow, October 31st will be invited to a private VIP Party with MLB players on November 15th! This is a brand new perk for sponsors that we’re very excited about.

By committing early, sponsor names/logos will also be included in our forthcoming marketing and promotional materials — this is another great perk, especially for companies.

Just reply to this email to let me know your commitment level. You may also complete the Commitment Form or register now to take advantage of these great benefits.

View 2018 Sponsorship Brochure
Click Here to Register

Thanks for helping to make Now at Bat a great success for our RBI kids again this year! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Take care,

Amanda Jackson Terry
Development Manager, RBI Austin
amanda.terry@rbiaustin.org | (512) 537-7105

P.S. Do you know any businesses or individuals who might be interested in being a sponsor? Forward them this sponsorship brochure today, and tell them about tomorrow’s early commitment opportunity.

Helping Us Go Deeper: LifeTrends

Helping us go deeper!

We’re able to dig deeper with the young men in our high school programs because of committed sponsors like LifeTrends. This summer our high school regional players were able to participate in high-level competition in New Orleans against some of the best RBI players in the country. This was due in large part to LifeTrends’ support and their commitment to engaging and developing future leaders through RBI Austin.

Meet the LifeTrends Team!

“David and I each grew up, went to college, and started our business in the Austin area. As we’ve watched the city grow and change, it made sense to partner with an organization that’s bringing together all the wonderful and diverse backgrounds that make up the city we love.” – Karen Joyner, co-founder, Head of Sales and Operations

 

More than numbers | The depth of your impact

More than numbers

Beyond simply growing in numbers, we desire to dig deeply with those involved in RBI Austin because we know that neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth (1 Cor. 3:7).

View our impact report

 

Whole Child Development

We are committed to the development of the whole child. Personal and spiritual growth are critical to the development and transformation of young leaders along with their physical and academic development.

If our programs only focused on developing better ball players, we’d be missing the mark.

Your involvement allows us to engage and develop inner-city Austin youth athletically, academically, and spiritually, empowering them to lead the transformation of their communities.

View our impact report

Programs with depth

We have a growing number of programs in place where kids and volunteers get to dig deeper and grow spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

Your support enables us to sustain gospel-based, relational programs like our league and academy teams, our player discipleship program Bible studies, our monthly mentoring fun nights, our mentor enrichment events, and our mentoring program Bible studies.

View our impact report

 

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.

View our impact report


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.

View our impact report

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.

View our impact report.