The Pittsburgh RBI (Reviving Baseball In Inner Cities) program was founded in 1994 as a part of Major League Baseball's international RBI initiative. In 2011, Pittsburgh RBI includes more than 1,200 youngsters in 12 different communities.
The RBI program focuses on instruction and competitive play. Throughout the summer, Pittsburgh RBI teams compete in the City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation BIG League. Last year, three Pittsburgh RBI teams won their league championship, including the McKeesport Girls 12-and-under softball team, the Duquesne Pony baseball team and the Carnegie Super Colt team.
In addition to regular season play, two Pittsburgh RBI All-Star teams -- a Junior Boys team (13-15 years old) and a Senior Boys team (16-18 years old) -- traveled to Washington D.C. to compete in an MLB-sponsored regional tournament. The regional tournament winners went to Jupiter, FL to compete in the annual RBI World Series.
In 2010, Pittsburgh RBI was also a recipient of a Baseball Tomorrow Fund equipment grant worth $5,000 and during an on-field ceremony at PNC Park, a MLB representative honored Pittsburgh RBI administrators and players. In addition, members of Pittsburgh RBI held an equipment drive that gave Pirates fans the opportunity to donate new or gently-used baseball equipment.
More than 2,000 Pirates game tickets games were also provided by the ballclub to players, coaches and volunteers of Pittsburgh RBI, some of whom had never attended a professional baseball game before.