Major League Baseball Launches Inner City Program in Hartford

Registration for the Hartford league is open through March 6.

By Nicolette Stanise
|  Monday, Feb 18, 2013  |  Updated 6:39 PM EDT
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Major League Baseball plans to launch its Returning Baseball to Inner Cities (RBI) program in Hartford.

Major League Baseball plans to launch its Returning Baseball to Inner Cities (RBI) program in Hartford.

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Major League Baseball is launching a program in Hartford to inspire young kids and teens to get involved with baseball and softball.

The Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program is designed to give young people in urban communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball. The program also encourages academic achievement and success, while teaching the value of teamwork and other important life lessons, according to Major League Baseball.

“We are excited to be a part of Major League Baseball’s RBI Program," said David McKinley, Hartford League President and RBI Administrator. "Our new affiliation has already attracted resources that will enhance the baseball and softball instruction and playing opportunities for our boys and girls. We have formed alliances with the University of Hartford, Trinity College, and the New Britain Rock Cats that will make this an exciting season."

The new league is named for the late Mike Peters, former mayor of Hartford.

The league will begin its new baseball and softball seasons in April.

Registration is currently open through March 6 for kids ages 6 to 16. Information on registration can be found on the Mayor Mike Peters Baseball League Facebook page.

The RBI program celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012 and has served more than 200,000 boys and girls from more than 300 programs established throughout 200 cities worldwide, according to Major League Baseball.

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