The Red Sox Foundation will host "RBI Opening Day" at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, April 16, at Jim Rice Field in Roxbury. RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) engages inner city teenagers in baseball and softball while teaching healthy choices and life skills. The foundation operates the leagues and provides funding for uniforms, equipment, umpires and travel to regional tournaments.
Wally the Green Monster and all three World Series trophies will be on hand during tomorrow's season opening ceremony. Baseball and softball equipment from the Jordan's Furniture equipment drive will be handed out to players before the festivities.
Last year, more than 1,600 boys and girls participated in the RBI and Rookie League programs. RBI welcomes teens 13-18 years old, and Rookie League introduces youngsters 5-12 to the game. Red Sox Player Pablo Sandoval is the honorary captain of the RBI and Rookie League programs this season.
The RBI Program is supported by JetBlue, Poland Spring, Neighborhood Health Plan, and Aramark. The Rookie League Program is supported by Skeeter Nut Free, which also is a proud sponsor of the Red Sox Foundation's Massachusetts Little League Initiative.
"NHP is proud to partner with the Red Sox Foundation and support a movement that recognizes organized sports can be a powerful vehicle for transforming young lives by encouraging and modeling healthy habits and lifestyles," said NHP President and CEO David Segal. "We are also delighted to support building the capacity of adult volunteers to serve as leaders of these important programs for youth."
Skeeter Nut Free will provide Rookie League and MA Little League teams with cookies and grahams throughout the season. A portion of Skeeter Nut Free proceeds will be donated to support youth baseball programs in Massachusetts.
"At ballparks and many other places, parents, teachers and coaches are challenged to find snacks that all children can enjoy safely. Our Skeeter Nut Free cookies and grahams are the ideal solution, because they combine the great taste that all kids love with wholesome ingredients and the assurance that they are safe for people with nut allergies," said Larry Appel, chief executive officer of Skeeter Snacks. "We are thrilled to partner with the Red Sox Foundation to spread the word that Skeeter Nut Free is the perfect tasty treat for all school lunch boxes, team sports snacks, birthday parties, and every home pantry."