'THEY HAVE COME, NOW WE JUST NEED HELP BUILDING IT'
We are collecting signatures from those in favor of bringing RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities) to Kansas City, Kansas. The R.B.I. program was founded in 1989 by John Young, a former Major League Baseball player/scout and is the official charity of Major League Baseball. Due to the success of the program in Los Angeles the Mathews-Dickey Boys Club in Saint Louis adopted R.B.I. in 1990 and Kansas City, Missouri and New York City followed with formation of R.B.I. programs in 1992. Even though R.B.I. has had a presence in Kansas City, Missouri since 1992 there have never been any R.B.I. teams, fields or coaches in KCK. Kansas players are forced to drive 40 miles round trip if they want to practice and play in the R.B.I. program. Our goal is to bring R.B.I. baseball to Kansas City, Kansas for the 1st time ever by creating a partnership with Major League Baseball, Mayor Joe Reardon, and the Kansas City Royals, along with community volunteers on a local and national level. Our stadium already has an indirect relationship with Major League Baseball considering former big leaguers Neil Allen, David Segui, Kevin Young, and LA Dodgers 1996 1st round draft pick Damian Rolls all played little league baseball at our fields. KCK Public Schools have 19,561 students. 44% of those students are African American, 35% are Hispanic, 17% are Caucasian, and 4% are other ethnic groups. Currently, several KCK High Schools do not have a home baseball field and several of the schools do not play night games due to the fact that they don’t have lights. Our ballpark has lights and is in a central location for all high schools that would have an interest in using our facilities to play league games. There are batting cages(the only cages in Wyandotte County) on our property that we have been able to get back up and running this summer. The cages have three stalls and throw softballs and baseballs at either fast or slow pitching speeds. In addition to baseball, several KCK High Schools do not offer a softball program so the renovation of the 3&2 Stadium and the construction of an Urban Youth Academy would provide a location for girls who attend those schools the opportunity to play organized softball. Please help us provide baseball to the inner city of KCK by granting us your signature. Our goal is to reach 10,000 signatures by January 1, 2010.