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Marlins set to host RBI Regional Tournament07/09/2008 5:10 PM ET
MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins are set to host the RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) League Southeast Regional Tournament presented by KPMG at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL from July 11-13. The 2008 season, which kicked off on May 17, marks the first year of a multi-year agreement between the Marlins, Major League Baseball and KPMG to ensure that local youth who have an interest in playing baseball and softball will have the opportunity to play in an organized system. A total of 11 teams from five different cities in the Southeastern region of the United States will travel to the Florida Marlins Spring Training complex in Jupiter, FL to compete for a chance to play in the RBI World Series at the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton, CA. Participating teams for all three divisions include: Senior Division (Boys 16-18)
Tampa, FL Junior Division (Boys 13-15)
Tampa, FL Girls Softball
Tampa, FL RBI is a youth outreach program designed to increase participation and interest in baseball; encourage academic participation and achievement; increase the number of talented athletes prepared to play in college and the minor leagues; promote greater inclusion of minorities into the mainstream of the game; and to develop self-esteem and teach the value of teamwork. RBI offers youth groups in disadvantaged areas the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of baseball, while promoting academic achievement and social responsibility. The Florida Marlins RBI League is funded by the Florida Marlins Community Foundation (FMCF) as part of its commitment to the Cornerstones For Kids programs "Building a brighter future through education, the arts and baseball." About RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities): Major League Baseball's RBI presented by KPMG and Rookie League Programs are largely supported by KPMG, Cal Ripken Sr, Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. RBI works tirelessly to ensure that every youth member who participates in the program has a positive and productive future through the development of a life-long relationship with the game of baseball. About KPMG: As part of a multi-year agreement, KPMG is the sole corporate sponsor of Major League Baseball's RBI program. KPMG support the program financially as well as facilitates the development of baseball and life skills through its corporate citizenship program. KPMG's corps of employee and intern volunteers support RBI both on and off the field through activities ranging from providing strategic management and technical assistance to serving as coaches and scorekeepers during regular season games. About FMCF: The FMCF was established in January, 1999. A community foundation represents the resources of a large number of donors rather than one individual or family. Revenue comes from five sources: player contributions, corporate sponsorships, grants, events and ongoing programs. The money raised is used to support "Cornerstones for Kids" - building a brighter future through education, the arts and baseball. Since its inception, the FMCF has given back over $5 million dollars to the community. The purpose of this not-for- profit charitable organization is to promote educational, athletic, health, social and community service programs with a particular focus on South Florida's youth.
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