Saturday marks the official start of the Dodgers RBI season at parks throughout the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, including the Dodgers DreamFields at Roy Campanella Park, Jesse Owens Community Regional Park, Mona Park, Roosevelt Park, Athens Park and Ted Watkins Memorial Park. LADF, through Dodgers RBI, provides uniforms and equipment, recruitment assistance, supplemental marketing assistance, cash grants for umpires and field maintenance, coaches clinics, special events and tournaments and education and health resources to all Dodgers RBI players. Last year, the program served 2,700 youth and this season more than 4,000 youngsters will participate. Dodgers RBI is offered at 23 locations in South Los Angeles, Compton and Venice. In addition to the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Venice, MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton and the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club are also partners this season.
All 400 participants will be in their Dodgers RBI uniforms and Saturday's program will include brief remarks from Dodgers RBI partners Bank of America, ARCO, the LA84 Foundation, Pitch In For Baseball and Don Mattingly Baseball Charities. Dodgers RBI County of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation official league games will begin May 23.
"This program is an extension of our long-standing partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers," said Kiesha Nix, Local Market Delivery project manager for Bank of America and Dodgers RBI Advisory Board Member. "We believe in giving support to community initiatives like RBI that give inner-city youth the opportunity to thrive while providing access to resources such as health, education and recreation. We are excited to bring our associates out once again to volunteer throughout the season's activities, as well as to provide financial education for both youth and parents with our `Better Money Habits' curriculum."
Dodgers RBI seeks to promote greater inclusion of under-resourced youth, increase participation and interest in baseball and softball, encourage academic participation and achievement, stress healthy habits and wellness and focus on fun, teamwork and fair play.
Dodgers RBI is part of MLB's overall Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program. MLB's RBI has served approximately two million young people since its inception, is administered by Major League Baseball and is designed to give young people from underserved and diverse communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, while also encouraging academic achievement and success and teaching the value of teamwork and other important life lessons. RBI currently serves approximately 230,000 young men and women in over 300 programs established in approximately 200 cities worldwide. MLB and its Clubs have designated more than $30 million worth of resources to the RBI program, and all 30 Clubs support RBI leagues. For more information on MLB RBI, please visit mlb.mlb.com/rbi.
Dodgers Carl Crawford and Jimmy Rollins are both former MLB RBI players. To learn more about Dodgers RBI please visit www.dodgers.com/LADF.
About Bank of America
Bank of America's commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving. By partnering with our stakeholders, we create value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business. We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. As part of these efforts, employee volunteers across the company contribute their time, passion and expertise to address issues in communities where they live and work. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/about and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_Community.
About The Tesoro Corporation
Tesoro Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, is an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products. Tesoro, through its subsidiaries, operates six refineries in the western United States with a combined capacity of over 850,000 barrels per day and ownership in a logistics business which includes a 36% interest in Tesoro Logistics LP (NYSE: TLLP) and ownership of its general partner. Tesoro's retail-marketing system includes over 2,200 retail stations under the ARCO®, Shell®, Exxon®, Mobil®, USA Gasoline(TM) and Tesoro® brands.
About the LA84 Foundation
The LA84 Foundation was established to manage Southern California's share of the surplus from the successful 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The Foundation received an endowment of $93 million. Since it began operations in 1985, it has invested more than $220 million back into the communities that supported the Games, supporting more than 3 million youth in the eight Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura. Its headquarters is the historic Britt House near downtown Los Angeles where it houses the world's premier sports library and meeting facilities. The Foundation provides grants to youth sports organizations, manages programs, including a coaching education program, and convenes numerous forums for the exploration of the most pressing issues in sport. For more information, please visit www.la84.org.
About Mattingly Charities
Mattingly Charities has been created by Dodger manager Don Mattingly, to serve underprivileged youth by supporting programs that promote baseball and softball participation in conjunction with other developmentally related activities. Mattingly Charities will provide funding and services and equipment for baseball, softball, and ultimately other sports, and related youth development activities, for the benefit of underprivileged youth, youth leagues, and social welfare and related organizations. 100% of the efforts of the organization will be focused on these activities.
About Pitch In For Baseball
Founded in 2005, Pitch In For Baseball is the central organization for the collection and redistribution of new and gently used youth baseball and softball equipment to underserved communities around the world. PIFB had distributed equipment and uniforms to more than 80 countries worldwide and more than 450 communities around the United States impacting over 400,000 children in need. Based outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, PIFB is a 501 c 3 not for profit organization. For more information, visit www.pifb.org.