Anyone who ever played baseball as a child, knows the magical power of the sport. It has the ability to teach us about life in a way few other activities can. It teaches us about teamwork, competitiveness, good sportsmanship, self respect, respect for others, taking instructions, confidence and the concept that practice makes perfect. Baseball has a mysterious way to bond a father and son. It also allows us to develop character by experiencing the thrill of victory as well as the agony of defeat.
We feel strongly that every boy and girl, in the Greater Houston Area, should be given the opportunity to participate in the great game of baseball. Unfortunately, many children don’t own a baseball glove or any other baseball equipment because their parents can’t afford it. There are literally thousands of underprivileged children in our area who would love to play baseball but can’t because of lack of proper equipment. It's a sad fact that many of these children find other, more dangerous and harmful, activities to pass the time.
On the other hand, how many of us parents buy expensive baseball equipment for our sons (or daughters) which ends up in our garages after a year or so because our child has outgrown the equipment? Items such as gloves, bats, balls, batting helmets, baseball shoes, uniforms and catcher’s gear. These items continue to collect dust until they are eventually thrown away.
Recycled Baseball Items (RBI) Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organization trying to make the Greater Houston Area a better place to live by connecting these two groups of people. We accept used baseball equipment, clean and refurbish it if necessary, and distribute it to children who can’t afford such equipment. We also use monetary donations to offer scholarships to deserving young men and women. Through our multiple activities, we are taking children off the streets and out of gangs and putting them in a positive learning environment that will help them to develop into better young men and women.
The RBI Foundation is comprised of a nine member Board of Directors. These board members are business leaders in the Greater Houston Area who share a common passion for helping children and promoting the great game of baseball.
In addition to accepting equipment donations, the RBI Foundation also holds an annual Charity Golf Tournament and an Annual Bowl-A-Thon to raise funds to purchase equipment and to provide scholarships to deserving young men and women in the Greater Houston Area.
DO YOU NEED BASEBALL OR SOFTBALL EQUIPMENT?If you are an individual or group in need of baseball or softball equipment, do not hesitate to contact our office. We are constantly looking to give away baseball & softball equipment to those that are in need.
MILITARY SPORTS PACKAGE….
Since the Iraqi war started, RBI has answered requests from our military units for assistance in acquiring recreational equipment. Initially, our donation was based on individual requests. Since beginning, we have answered 14 requests to equip military units with such equipment, we have determined that the following serves the most useful combination for most units. The package includes a 12 ft. piece of Astroturf for a putting surface combined with two putters (1R-1L) and 6 new golf balls; 2 frisbees, a volleyball, a soccer ball, a football, two sets of washers (16) and PVC pipe for the holes for playing washers; two sets of racquets and birdies for playing badminton and 12 softball gloves,(3L-9R), 12 softballs, a set of throw down bases/home plate and 3 bats
RBI Bowl-A-Thon with Board Members Dr. John Nash, Frank Galan, Lora Chivers, Laura Leonetti and Bill Underwood