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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.

RBI Austin Night at Dell Diamond (7/30) — FREE tickets!

RBI Austin Night at Dell Diamond (7/30) — RSVP by 7/27 for FREE tickets!

What: RBI Austin Night at Dell Diamond
When: Sunday, July 30th; gate opens at 5 p.m.; game starts at 6:05 p.m.
Where: Dell Diamond, 3400 East Palm Valley, Round Rock, Texas 78665
Who: All RBI kids, families, volunteers, and friends
How to get tickets: RSVP by Thursday, July 27 and then pick up tickets at the 1st base gate.

***Please RSVP for the number of FREE tickets you would like for your family.***

Event details

  • Parking: You will need to pay to park at Dell Diamond, so be sure to carpool with family and friends!
  • Ticket Pick Up: You can pick up your tickets at the 1st base gate starting at 4:45 p.m.
  • Kids activities, like inflatables, will be outside the main gates starting at 5 p.m.!
  • All kids get to run the bases after the game!

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

RBI Austin 15U & 18U Championship Games

RBI Austin 15U & 18U Championship Games

You’re invited to our RBI Austin 15U & 18U Championship Games this week on Wednesday (7/5) and Saturday (7/8) nights at Parque Zaragoza! We’ll celebrate a successful 2017 RBI Austin Summer Season and watch six teams duke it out for the right to be called 2017 RBI Austin High School Champions!

AMERICAN DIVISION

What: RBI Austin High School American Division Championship Game
When: Wednesday, July 5th at 6:30pm
Where: Parque Zaragoza (2608 Gonzales St, Austin, TX 78702)
Admission: Free — bring your family, friends, lawn chairs, and snacks for a fun night at the ballpark!

JUNIOR DIVISION and NATIONAL DIVISION

What: RBI Austin Junior Division and RBI Austin National Division Championship Games
When: Saturday, July 8th at 5:00pm (Junior Division) and 7:30pm (National Division)
Where: Parque Zaragoza (2608 Gonzales St, Austin, TX 78702)
Admission: Free — bring your family, friends, lawn chairs, and snacks for a fun night at the ballpark!

 

See you at the ballpark!

2014 Update – Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

2014 Update – Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

Over the past several years, we have seen God move in great ways in and through RBI Austin. 2014 has been no exception!

From a new field to mentors to trips to the MLB All-Star Festivities and RBI World Series, there is much to celebrate! Check out this video from Director Matt Price where he recaps some of the exciting things this year and shares where we’re headed in the coming months.

Thank you for your faithful support. You are RBI Austin, and we are grateful for each of you.

As Matt mentioned, here are the top three ways to get involved heading into the fall:

1) Become a mentor: www.rbiaustin.org/mentor
2) Support us financially: www.rbiaustin.org/give
3) Pray!

Registration Now Open!

Registration Now Open!

Registration for RBI Austin’s Jr. RBI Summer League and RBI Summer League opened on

Saturday, March 1st! The 2014 Summer Leagues are sure to be the best yet! Don’t miss out by registering for either our Jr. RBI Summer League, for boys and girls ages 4-12, or our RBI Summer League, for males 13-18, before the following deadlines:

Summer League Blog

RBI Afterschool….a major league success

RBI Afterschool…a major league success!

RBI Austin’s Afterschool program at Oak Springs Elementary was a major success in the Fall of 2013 and has only improved into the Spring of 2014! In partnership with Outreach Afterschool RBI Austin has been able to bring college-age volunteers out to Oak Springs twice a week to teach the basic fundamentals of baseball and softball with thirty second and third grade students.

Many of our volunteers have come to us through three main student organizations at the University of Texas at Austin. We are so thankful for the support of the Texas Diamond Crew, the Texas Blazers, and the Texas Iron Spikes! These faithful volunteers have taken many strides with these students in encouraging their success in every area of life. Below you will find just a few pictures of our Oak Springs students.
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Southwest RBI Regional Tournament

Southwest RBI Regional Tournament

This past weekend RBI Austin traveled up to Arlington, TX to compete for the second straight year in the Southwest RBI Regional Tournament hosted by the Texas Rangers. The games were played at both Arlington and Lamar High Schools. The Senior division Regional Championship game was even played at Rangers Ballpark.

The Regional began with an opening ceremony Thursday night at the Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The teams enjoyed some good ole ballpark food, while hearing from former Rangers players Jim Sundberg and Kevin Mench. MLB’s national RBI Director David James was also on hand to provide some words of inspiration to the RBI participants.

The 4-team tournament in both of the age divisions was round robin, with the best records advancing to the Championship game on Sunday. The Junior team (15U) dropped its three games to Arlington, Houston and New Orleans RBI, but competed well against stellar competition in RBI Austin’s first Junior Regional appearance.

Meanwhile, the Senior team (18U) came just one win short of advancing to the Regional Championship at Rangers Ballpark. The Senior team won the most exciting game of the weekend, beating Arlington RBI Friday night in walk-off fashion! Jay Jonse (Manor HS 2015) pitched a complete game, surrendering only two runs, while JJ Sanchez (Travis HS 2013), provided the clutch walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 7th to win it 3-2 for Austin. Check out the at bat that made it happen…

You can find pictures from the weekend on our Facebook page!

Senior team assistant coach and RBI Austin 2010 alum George Warren said, “Being a coach in the RBI Regional this year meant a lot to me because of the fact I didn’t get to play in it as a player. I was impressed by the level of talent each city brought to the Regional. In one word, the Regional tournament was amazing.”

The boys played hard and had a blast with their coaches all weekend. Big thanks to all the parents who allowed their sons to travel and play with us! We also want to thank all the businesses who sponsored our teams!

Happy Summer!

RBI Day

RBI Day @ Ranger Ballpark in Arlington

RBI Austin got to celebrate Father’s Day in HOME RUN fashion by taking a trip to the Ballpark in Arlington to watch the Rangers take on the Toronto Blue Jays. Prior to the game, the players, coaches, and families of RBI leagues all across the state were recognized and invited to walk along the warning track around the entire field.

How cool is that?!? The view sure did look good from down there, but we eventually settled in to our seats down the left field line. Baseball, shade, ballpark food, and over 100 members of our RBI Austin family made for a great Sunday afternoon. Here are the pictures prove it!

Even though the Rangers didn’t get the W (final score was 2-7), RBI Austin walked away having an awesome day. We are grateful for the opportunity to go cheer on a Texas MLB team.

BIG THANKS to the Texas Rangers for being great hosts, along with all our supporters who make activities like this possible!