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
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:
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.
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!
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!