Miami Marlins and Commissioner Jordan seal agreement to encourage underprivileged children to play baseball
(MIAMI, FL) – Holding steadfast to their promise to nurture future baseball greats, the Miami Marlins and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan will announce the Marlins’ funding commitment to the City of Miami Gardens community. Marlins Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, Senior Vice President PJ Loyello, and Vice President and Executive Director of the Miami Marlins Foundation Alfredo Mesa will present $20,000 to the City of Miami Gardens and Up2Us for the Jr. RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program on Thursday, February 19 at 4 p.m., at Carol City Park, 3201 NW 185th Street, in Miami Gardens.
“Before the Marlins vacated Sun Life Stadium, they made a commitment to encourage children in the City of Miami Gardens area to learn the game of baseball,” said Commissioner Jordan. “I am pleased that they are making good on their promise through the Jr. RBI program. The Marlins have truly been good corporate citizens in District 1.”
A donation of $10,000 will be awarded to Up2Us, a nationwide leader in sports-based initiatives to teach the components of positive youth development through sports. Additionally, $10,000 will be given to the City of Miami Gardens’ Parks Department to implement the program.
In 2009, Major League Baseball launched the Jr. RBI program to provide opportunities for young people ages 5 to 12 in underserved communities to play baseball and softball. The Marlins Jr. RBI program's inaugural season took place in 2010. Jr. RBI serves as a feeder program to the RBI league and provides an avenue for kids to begin playing baseball and softball at a younger age.