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Top Five Immediate Needs

This Spring’s Top Five Immediate Needs

As a donor, your partnership holistically contributes to RBI Austin spanning departments, programs, or projects. You have a unique perspective into our organization that others may not, and we’re grateful for the ways in which you support the various facets of RBI Austin.

We currently have a number of immediate needs across various departments of our organization.  

  1. Summer Volunteers
    We need summer coaches, mentors, umpires, scorekeepers, sound system operators, and concession stand assistants. Another practical way to help with is need is to provide an introduction to your church so we can announce RBI volunteer opportunities at a service.
  2. Referral to a concerete company willing to provide us a deal
    We are planning to install a new batting cage at one of our fields!
  3. Referral to a scoreboard company willing to provide us a deal
    We are hoping to install some new scoreboards!
  4. Storage Space
    We are seeking 500 – 1,000 sq ft of storage space for RBI equipment. Ideally this space will be located in proximity to 183/35 intersection
  5. Team Sponsors 
    We have 2018 Jr. RBI Team Sponsorships available. This is a great opportunity get your corporation, employer, or personal business connected to what is happening on the ball field this summer. View 2018 Jr. RBI Team Sponsorship information.

If you have possible leads for any of the above, please email amanda.terry@rbiaustin.org.

Why RBI Austin? Q&A with Curtis Thigpen

Q&A with Curtis Thigpen

The city that I love, the game that I love, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Meet Curtis Thigpen and his family. The Thigpens have been faithful donors and champions for RBI Austin over the past 8 years. Hear how Curtis describes what we do and what it means to him.

  • Share with us a little bit about yourself (hometown, college, careers, family).
    I’m from Forney, Texas and attended the University of Texas.  I’ve been married to Natalie for 9 years and we have two daughters, Landon (7) and Elin (5).
  • When and why did you first give to RBI Austin?
    I’m not positive when exactly I first gave to RBI Austin. It was probably in 2010 through either a monetary or an equipment donation.
    I do know I decided to give to RBI Austin because it was a program created to engage with and help develop underprivileged kids in Austin (the city that I love) through the game of baseball (the game that I love) with an approach that is rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
    There couldn’t be an organization that better aligns with my personal interests!!
  • Why have you continued to give to RBI Austin?
    I’d like to think that this is a mission that I would have continually given to regardless of the “success” that RBI has had over the last 8+ years.
    First, I’ll say that I consider RBI Austin to be an extremely successful organization not by the amazing year-over-year growth of players and money raised, but by the fact that the mission, passion, and heartbeat of the leaders of RBI Austin has not changed since inception. That is a big part of why I continue to give.  Plenty of organizations grow quickly, but very few maintain the level of quality like RBI Austin has.

  • How would you describe our mission? What does it mean to you?
    Engaging with, caring for, and helping support and develop kids, parents, coaches, and volunteers through the game of baseball. Organized sports, in this case baseball and softball, can provide amazing life experiences and can open up so many doors for everyone involved.It’s such a privilege to help provide an opportunity to those who wouldn’t ordinarily have one.
  • What’s your favorite thing about Austin? 
    My favorite thing about Austin is how well-rounded of a city it is…maybe the most well-rounded in the country!  No matter what you are into or what you enjoy, you can likely find it here!  

 

We’d love to hear your RBI story! How did you get involved with us? Why have you been involved? Stories of hope and encouragement? Stories of seeing the Lord change hearts? Stories about how your time with RBI has shaped or changed you?

The Lord has given us all a story, and we want to hear how He’s used RBI — no matter how small of a part — in yours!

Share your RBI Austin story!

Team Sponsorships Summer 2018

Team Sponsorships
NOW OPEN!

 

Great Sponsor Perks

Team Sponsorships are available NOW. From having your name printed on the back of an RBI Austin team jersey to receiving a framed team photo, there are some great perks for sponsors. And you’ll have a chance to win Houston Astros tickets, too!

Team Rewards

Even more exciting, teams that participate will be able to win some great Team Rewards.

How to participate?!

You can download and print/email the Sponsorship Brochure and the Team Rewards information. Please begin spreading the word to family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, local businesses, etc., and if you have any questions, please email sponsorships@rbiaustin.org.

View RBI Austin Team Sponsorship Form
Sponsor a Team Now!
View Team Rewards

April 8th Clinic & Summer Registration Kickoff Day

RBI Austin Spring Clinic and Summer Registration Kickoff Day!

Summer registration for Jr. RBI Baseball/Softball (ages 4-12) and RBI Softball (ages 13-16) opens NEXT week on Monday, April 2nd! We are looking forward to another fun summer of baseball and softball!

To get everyone in the summer spirit, we are hosting an RBI Austin clinic and summer registration kickoff day on Sunday, April 8th from 2-4pm at Mabson Field! Sign your kids up for the clinic and invite your friends to join as well!

Here are the details:

What: RBI Austin Spring Clinic + Summer Registration Kickoff
Who: Players ages 4 – 14 (Baseball & Softball)
Where: Mabson Field (2812 E. 12th St., Austin, TX 78702)
When: Sunday, April 8th from 2-4pm
Cost: FREE
How: Click here to register your player for the clinic

Sign up for the 4/8 clinic today!

Other key important dates and details:

KEY DATES

  • Monday, April 2nd: Summer League registration opens for Jr. RBI Baseball/Softball (ages 4-12) and RBI Softball (ages 13-16)! We’ll email you the registration information on Monday or you can register in person on April 8th.
  • Sunday, April 8th: RBI Austin Clinic + Summer Registration Kickoff Day at Mabson Field for baseball and softball players ages 4-14 years.
  • Saturday, June 2nd: RBI Austin Opening Day at The For the City Center — meet your coach and your team!

We can’t wait for another summer at the ballpark with our RBI Austin family! Hope to see you next Saturday!

P.S. For boys ages 13-18, summer registration opened last week! Click here to register for the RBI Baseball Summer League.

Sign up for the 4/8 clinic today!

Registration Open: RBI Baseball Summer League 15U/18U

It’s time to play some baseball!

Spring break is behind us, and the countdown to summer baseball is on! Registration is NOW OPEN for RBI Austin’s 15U and 18U baseball summer leagues so register today to secure your spot and join in on the fun at the ballpark this summer.

Register today!

Here are the details for the 2018 RBI Summer League:

What: RBI Baseball Summer League (15U & 18U)
Who: Players ages 13 – 18 (age as of April 30th)
Where: Fields throughout Austin
When: May 22nd – July 19th – Two (2) nights a week including: one team practice and one weeknight doubleheader
Player Fee: $60 per player (from RBI schools)*
*Cost for players from other schools is $200. To apply for financial assistance, complete the financial assistance application here.
How: Click here to register.

Important dates

  • Saturday, May 19th – RBI Regional Player Evaluations: We are hosting RBI Regional Evaluations for players seeking to earn a spot on our 15U or 18U RBI Regional teams. CLICK HERE to learn more and sign up for this exclusive opportunity!
  • Monday, May 14th – First official RBI Summer League practices
  • Tuesday, May 22nd – Opening day of games!
  • July 16th – 19th – RBI High School Playoffs (15U & 18U)
  • July 26th – July 29th – RBI Southwest Regional Tournament in Austin, Texas (competing against Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, El Paso)
  • August 5th– 10th – RBI World Series in Minneapolis, Minnesota

If you have any questions about our RBI Baseball Summer League (15U or 18U), contact Michael Galvan at michael.galvan@rbiaustin.org or 361.207.5921.

See you at the ballpark!

Thank you, Coach Garrido. You will be missed.

He believed in RBI Austin before we had launched. When asked to speak at the inaugural RBI Austin benefit banquet in 2011, Coach Augie Garrido cheerfully accepted, noting his friendship with John Young, the founder of the original RBI program in South Central Los Angeles. Under Coach Garrido’s watch, Cal State Fullerton hosted one of the first ever RBI World Series in 1994.

At the 2011 and 2017 RBI Austin benefit banquets, Coach Garrido spoke about his journey growing up as an inner-city kid. He spoke to the challenges inner-city kids face, and the hope that caring coaches – or “teachers” as he liked to call them – could bring these kids through the game of baseball.

Coach Garrido got it. He understood why inner-city kids need consistent, enduring relationships with people who care about their life even more than their batting average.

We are thankful for Coach Garrido’s life and his indelible impact on others, and pray for the close ones he has left behind.

Thank you, Coach Garrido. You will be missed.

Land secured!

Land secured!

Hello RBI Austin family,

You read the headline correctly — we are thrilled to announce that through the Lord’s provision, RBI Austin now owns 33 acres of land in East Austin!

With a vision to make this a central RBI Austin hub for sports, mentoring, job training, and more, this land is located on Loyola Lane just east of 183, adjacent to the Colony Park neighborhood.

Join us in celebrating the Lord’s provision and pray for this future ‘home base’ for RBI Austin kids, families, and the greater Austin community to enjoy. 

View the brief video above and stay tuned for more details further down the road, but in the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for your continued support of our RBI Austin kids and for being with us as we enter into this exciting, new season.

Matt

Matt Price
RBI Austin Founder & Director

3/10 PLAY BALL event with Major League Baseball

Let’s PLAY BALL!

Major League Baseball and RBI Austin to host PLAY BALL event at Delwood on March 10th!

RBI Austin is kicking off our 2018 Jr. RBI Spring Clinic Series on Saturday, March 10th with a Major League Baseball PLAY BALL event – the first of its kind in Austin!

What: MLB PLAY BALL Event
When: Saturday, March 10th from 10:00-11:30am (registration at 9:30am)
Where: Delwood Sports Complex (1815 Greenbrook Pkwy., Austin, TX 78723)
Who: Boys and girls ages 5-13
Cost: FREE!
Event Attire: Sneakers, no gloves or bats needed
To Register: 

  1. Click here – spots are limited!
  2. Select “PLAYBALL Austin – Mar. 10 (10:00am-11:30am)”

Attending kids will receive a free bat and ball set to take home as well as a PLAY BALL t-shirt and wristband!

Space is limited! Register today!

Any questions? Please contact us at info@rbiaustin.org or 512.381.7137.

We’re ready for some ball and can’t wait to see you and your kids next weekend!

New rule, new bats required

New rule, new bats

New rule, new bats required

Anyone else feel like a little kid at Christmastime when they get something brand new? The newest iPhone, a new pair of shoes, a new gadget?

In light of the new USA Baseball bat regulations and as part of next week’s Amplify Austin, we need your help to provide one NEW bat to each of our 81 RBI Austin teams.

Not only will this provide a regulation bat for each team, it will also give our kids the joy and excitement of using a BRAND NEW bat — many for the first time!

Every $200 will provide a brand new bat for RBI Austin kids.

81 teams x $200 = $16,200 total need. 

Help us get there! No donation amount is too small.

Go ahead and schedule your gift TODAY

How to participate:

While Amplify Austin’s 24-hour clock does not start until next Thursday, March 1st at 6pm, you can schedule your gift TODAY — just click “Donate Now” on our Amplify Austin giving page.

Now at Bat Featured Speakers: Bill White and Kevin Millar

Bill White and Kevin Millar to join RBI Austin’s Now at Bat as Featured Speakers

We are thrilled to announce two legendary MLB players and ambassadors of the game as featured speakers at our upcoming 8th Annual Now at Bat benefit on Thursday, January 25th at the JW Marriott in downtown Austin.

Bill White — a true trailblazer on and off the diamond — and Kevin Millar — a baseball personality for the ages — will bring their great stories to the big stage ofNow at Bat. Their individual accolades set them apart as two of baseball’s finest, and we are honored to have them join us for this special evening in support of our RBI Austin kids.

Limited seats remain, so act soon to secure your spot!

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Amanda Terry at amanda.terry@rbiaustin.org or (512) 537-7105.

We look forward to seeing you on January 25th!