Harlem RBI is a 24-year old non-profit serving the communities of East Harlem and the South Bronx with comprehensive sports and academic enrichment programming, now serving more than 1,700 boys and girls each year. The organization uses baseball and softball as a hook to recruit, engage and retain youth and achieve positive outcomes like high school and college graduation.
“We’re incredibly thankful to the New York Yankees, specifically Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal and Harlem RBI Board Member Mark Teixeira, for presenting this rare opportunity to bring together some of Harlem RBI’s most loyal supporters to the world famous Yankee Stadium. While it’s a tremendous treat for us to be on the field, we’re even more excited to be a step closer to building our own Field of Dreams in the South Bronx through the funds raised at this game. Our boys and girls deserve a beautiful ball field to play, learn and grow on and we can’t wait to make that dream a reality for them,” remarked Richard Berlin, Executive Director of Harlem RBI.
“We are thrilled to be able to partner with Harlem RBI for such an important initiative,” said Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, Yankees General Partner / Vice Chairperson. “This is a special day for the New York Yankees and our community and we look forward to celebrating the many achievements that will be reached on this Field of Dreams in the Bronx for years to come.”
“I am so happy to share the field at Yankee Stadium today with these amazing supporters who are playing to build a field for Harlem RBI’s South Bronx site,” said New York Yankees First Baseman and Harlem RBI Board Member Mark Teixeira. “This will mean so much to our kids. As a Harlem RBI board member, I want to thank each and every one of the players for their generosity and I wish them luck on hitting one out of the park!”
Players will play alongside several Yankees alumni including Homer Bush, Bucky Dent, Cecil Fielder, Jim Leyritz, Mickey Rivers and Roy White. Current Yankees public address announcer Paul Olden will call the game live from the field.
Following the game, a short brunch reception will take place and opened by a few words from Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal and Robert D. Manfred.
Media members wishing to cover the game should apply for a credential by e-mailing Hannah Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Wednesday, August 5.
Approved media credentials will be available in the Yankee Stadium lobby (located on 164th Street and Jerome Avenue) on Thursday, August 6, beginning at 7:30 a.m. BBWAA cards, MLB full-season credentials and 2015 Yankees full-season media credentials will not be accepted for admittance.