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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.

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!

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!

Round Rock Express Game 7/17 (FREE for RBI families)

FREE Round Rock Express Tickets for Monday, July 17th

Superhero Night with $1 Hotdogs and $1 Sodas

The Round Rock Express is offering our RBI Austin players, families, volunteers, and friends FREE tickets on Monday, July 17th!

It’s Superhero Night with $1 hotdogs and $1 sodas, so be sure to dress up in your favorite superhero costume and get ready for a fun night at the ballpark!

What: Round Rock Express game featuring Superhero Night with $1 hotdogs and $1 sodas

When: Monday, July 17th; game starts at 7:05 p.m.

Where: Dell Diamond, 3400 East Palm Valley, Round Rock, Texas 78665 (*ticket pickup is at the 1st base gate*)

Who: All RBI kids, families, volunteers, and friends

How to get your tickets: go to the 1st base gate at Dell Diamond when you arrive, find the Express booth, and tell them you’re with RBI and how many tickets you need.

It’s going to be a blast – RSVP at https://forms.rbiaustin.org/rsvp by this FRIDAY at 5 p.m.!

See you at Dell Diamond!

How to Register for 2017 Summer League

How to Register for 2017 Summer League

  1. Go to http://rbiaustin.leagueapps.com/leagues.
  2. Select the appropriate League division for your child.
    • For example, if you have a 4 year-old boy or girl, choose 6U T-Ball. If you have a 9 year-old girl, choose 10U Softball.
  3. Select Register.
  4. Create or log in to your Parent Account–   once a Parent Account is created, you will be able to register for the Summer League and other RBI events and programs.
  5. Child Info: enter your child’s information.
  6. Register: Enter discount code (if applicable), additional player info, check off online waiver.
  7. Payment Details: if choosing to pay online, enter payment info. Or click “Pay Later”.
  8. Once you have completed these steps, you will be directed to a final screen where you can either add another child or finalize your registration.

If you have any questions, please email daniel.reyna@rbiaustin.org or call 512.905.1300.

That’s it – let’s play some ball!

Winter Camp Recap

Winter Camp Recap

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Future big leaguers, scouts, and front office executives…

On Saturday, December 10th, RBI Austin held its third annual Winter Camp at Concordia University Texas. This event brings together talented high school players, college baseball coaches, and MLB scouts for a day of learning and competition.

Winter Camp emphasizes the importance of higher education and helps provide opportunities for youth to maximize their potential in baseball and life. The event included defensive skills work, bullpens, 60-yard dash, hitting, live game scrimmage along with instruction on college readiness, career opportunities in baseball, and faith.

This year’s camp featured 88 top high school players, including our top RBI Austin players, Astros RBI players, and players from as far south as Corpus Christi and as far north as Belton.

Nine collegiate programs and three MLB clubs were represented at Winter Camp. Round Rock Express President Chris Almendarez, Hendrix College Baseball Coach and former St. Louis Cardinals prospect Collin Radack, and Chicago Cubs Scout Kevin Ellis gave inspirational messages to the players.

Huge thanks to the players, college coaches, MLB scouts, and Concordia University Texas for making this day a great success!

Check out the 2016 Winter Camp photos
More info about Winter Camp

Special Announcement — 2017 RBI Austin Benefit

Special Announcement — Augie Garrido to be recognized at 2017 RBI Austin Benefit

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We’re pleased to announce that Augie Garrido — Longhorn Legend and the winningest coach in college baseball history — will be recognized at the 2017 RBI Austin Benefit, Now at Bat.

Accumulating 1,975 wins as a coach since 1969 — including 20 years at the University of Texas — the five-time National Champion coach has left a legacy in the sport. We are thrilled to recognize Coach Garrido and the great impact he has had on baseball in Austin and around the country.

Will you join Coach Garrido, Reckless Kelly, and other special guests in support of our RBI kids on January 19th at the JW Marriott?

Event Details HERE

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