In 2015, Mattingly Charities partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville to form the Mattingly RBI program.
Each spring the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville offers a new season of the Mattingly RBI program, which hosts boys and girls ages 6-15 at four different Evansville locations.
The season kicks off with a Sandlot Day cookout, open to the community, and in addition to regular league play, features activities such as a home run derby, participation in the Pitch, Hit & Run program, and an end of season banquet for the players, coaches and volunteers.
It's a fun, safe, and positive environment where children build self-esteem and are given the opportunity to succeed in the sports of baseball and softball. They learn the fundamentals of healthy competition and emphasizing teamwork and good sportsmanship.
Mattingly RBI is a division of Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), sponsored by Major League Baseball, a national outreach program designed to promote the game of baseball to teenage boys and girls in disadvantaged areas.
The program's mission:
- Increase participation and interest in baseball and softball among under-served youth
- Encourage academic participation and achievement
- Increase number of talented athletes prepared to play in college and minor leagues
- Promote greater inclusion of minorities into the mainstream of the game
- Teach the value of teamwork