Encouraging young men on and off the field through the love of baseball

Summer baseball giving teenagers new hobbies, friendships

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - As the dog days of summer approach, more and more kids will take to baseball fields to build not only confidence, but a potential future in America's past time.

For those playing in RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) baseball in Little Rock, they all have different reasons for coming. Some do it for the love of the sport while others do it just because there wasn't anything better to do with their time. Whatever the reason, the game of baseball got them hooked all the same.

The community service program, started by Major League Baseball, offers recreational summer baseball for teenagers from ages 13 to 18. Games are played at the historic Lamar Porter Field which in its eight decades has seen many legends.

Benton native and Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee is just one of many who help to coach and develop these future pro baseball players. Coaches like Tony Dunnick and Charles Germany pour their hearts into the program. They are a big piece of the puzzle in making sure these young boys have the tools to succeed not only in life, but in baseball as well.

It's a league that doesn't put a price tag on playing baseball with some of your best friends. It's programs like Little Rock RBI Baseball League that develop talents and better lives of children in the city.

If you wish to help the program, you can donate to them by clicking here. It would help to waive registration fees for players participating in the program.

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