Monthly Archives: April 2014

Unveiling Ceremony at Mabson Field to Take Place



April 28, 2014 – RBI Austin announced today that the unveiling of an artificial turf playing field at East Austin’s Mabson Field (2812 E. 12th St.) will take place on May 5th at 6:30pm CST. The entire community is encouraged to attend.

Former MLB players, softball Olympian Cat Osterman and Cathy Bradley, the Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, will be in attendance. To kick off the ceremony, the band Reckless Kelly will be singing the national anthem. A Jr. RBI baseball/softball clinic will take place immediately following the ceremony.

Mabson Field is located in the heart of one of the most under-resourced neighborhoods in Austin. The field will serve boys & girls ages 4 -12 as RBI Austin and Greater East Austin Youth Association (GEAYA) partner to use the field for Little League spring baseball/softball, the Jr. RBI Summer League, and year-round Jr. RBI clinics. Planning for the project started three years ago, and actual construction began in January.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), a joint initiative of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association awarded a grant in the amount of $110,000 to RBI Austin to aid in the project. The funding assisted with the purchase and installation of the first ever AstroTurf youth baseball field in Austin. The field will be a true gem and bring interest back to the game in East Austin like it hasn’t seen in decades – possibly since the time Jackie Robinson played at the adjacent college baseball field, Downs Field.

In addition to the funding provided by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, the project was made possible through a partnership with Reckless Kelly, the Round Rock Express, Ryan Sanders Baseball, the Nolan Ryan Foundation and AstroTurf.

“We’re excited about Mabson Field and what it can do,” said Reese Ryan, CEO of Ryan Sanders Baseball and co-owner of the Round Rock Express. “Baseball has been great to our family, and we couldn’t be happier to partner with Reckless Kelly to help RBI Austin and some very deserving kids.”

Reckless Kelly’s Cody Braun stated, “To take part in such amazing projects like the rebuilding of Mabson Field and to be able to give back to the Austin community by helping kids play baseball is exactly why we started this event 6 years ago. We are honored to be working with such amazing people and are excited to see everyone’s hard work paying off in such a big way!”

RBI Austin founder Matt Price added, “The new Mabson Field will be a game changer in the East Austin community. This beautiful field will bring restoration to not just youth baseball and softball – but to the community at large as kids are invested in by caring coaches and mentors. We cannot thank enough the key partners who have made this project possible for inner-city Austin youth and families.”

Parents, sign up your kids for this Jr. RBI clinic by clicking HERE!

Why Mentoring?

Why Mentoring?

RBI Austin is an organization that is passionate about the development of baseball and softball in the inner-cities. We desire to see the people of our community developed athletically, academically, and spiritually, empowering them to lead the transformation of their communities.

While we continue to see the progression of baseball and softball in our communities, we believe that if we just give this East Austin community baseball and softball opportunities, then we have failed to develop holistic people.

Therefore, we have our discipleship program for high school baseball players and as of this year launched our mentoring program in the Oak Springs community as two of the means to see restoration in a community that is plagued by fatherlessness. In the Oak Springs neighborhood, 3 in 4 kids live absent of a biological father. Here are few other stats on the fatherlessness in America:

“Government statistics show that one in three boys grows up without a father in the home – a statistic that rises to two out of three for African Americans.” Tony Dungy (Former coach of the Indianapolis Colts)

57.6% of black children, 31.2% of Hispanic children, and 20.7% of white children are living absent their biological fathers. (Family Structure and Children’s Living Arrangements 2012. Current Population Report. U.S. Census Bureau July 1, 2012.)

Children with Fathers who are involved are 70% less likely to drop out of school.

85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average. (Fulton Co. Georgia, Texas Dept. of Correction)

90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes. [US D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census]

71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father. [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release, Friday, March 26, 1999

We look in the Scriptures and see fatherlessness & mentoring are not new “things” but have been here for thousands of years. In Psalm 68, David calls God the “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows.” Solomon describes mentoring in Proverbs 22:6 when he states, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” God cares for the fatherless and if He does and we believe that what He says is true, then so should we.

You may or may not be asking, “This is cool and all but what does this have to do with me?”. We are here to say that the fatherless in East Austin need mentors and people to come alongside them. RBI Austin needs you as we seek to develop and raise up mentors for the fatherless and marginalized people of East Austin.

If you would like more information on how to get involved with RBI Austin and our mission to mentor fatherless youth, click here.

Registration Now Open!

Registration Now Open!

Registration for RBI Austin’s Jr. RBI Summer League and RBI Summer League opened on

Saturday, March 1st! The 2014 Summer Leagues are sure to be the best yet! Don’t miss out by registering for either our Jr. RBI Summer League, for boys and girls ages 4-12, or our RBI Summer League, for males 13-18, before the following deadlines:

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RBI Afterschool….a major league success

RBI Afterschool…a major league success!

RBI Austin’s Afterschool program at Oak Springs Elementary was a major success in the Fall of 2013 and has only improved into the Spring of 2014! In partnership with Outreach Afterschool RBI Austin has been able to bring college-age volunteers out to Oak Springs twice a week to teach the basic fundamentals of baseball and softball with thirty second and third grade students.

Many of our volunteers have come to us through three main student organizations at the University of Texas at Austin. We are so thankful for the support of the Texas Diamond Crew, the Texas Blazers, and the Texas Iron Spikes! These faithful volunteers have taken many strides with these students in encouraging their success in every area of life. Below you will find just a few pictures of our Oak Springs students.
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