Marlins keep promise to foster baseball clinics
Children in North Miami-Dade County to benefit
Left: Billy the Marlin, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan and Vice President and Miami Marlins Foundation Executive Director Alfredo Mesa celebrate the agreement for Miami Gardens children to take part in the Jr. RBI program. Middle: City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert and Commissioner Jordan hold the ceremonial check that was presented to several of the students who will take part in the Jr. RBI program. Right: Commissioner Jordan and Hall of Famer Andre Dawson greeted students slated to participate in the Jr. RBI program.
(MIAMI, FL) – At the request of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan, the Miami Marlins upheld their end of an agreement to encourage children in the Miami Gardens area to learn the game of baseball. Through Major League Baseball’s Jr. RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program the Marlins made a $20,000 contribution to the City of Miami Gardens Parks Department and Up2Us for children to take part in baseball clinics and workshops. On hand to present the check were Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, Miami Marlins Foundation Vice President and Executive Director Alfredo Mesa and several current players.
“This contribution from the Marlins will net a great return on their investment,” said Commissioner Jordan. “The Jr. RBI program will be a constructive program that will allow these children to learn the value of teamwork and sportsmanship.”
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.