Pictures from our Junior RBI clinic with the Houston Astros on February 1 at the Rosewood Rec Center.  72 kids, 10 RBI coaches, 3 Astros players, and the Astros pitching coach.  Big thanks to the Astros and the Greater East Austin Youth Association for making it a fantastic day for the kids!

Photos by Jenny Pinkston

Houston Astros / Jr. RBI Clinic

The Houston Astros are teaming up with RBI Austin and the Greater East Austin Youth Association to conduct a free youth baseball and softball clinic on Wednesday, February 1, 3:15 - 5:00pm at the Rosewood Recreation Center in Austin, TX.  Boys and girls ages 4 - 12 are invited to attend.  Click here to register.

Astros participating will include pitchers Jordan Lyles and Kyle Weiland, outfielder J.B. Shuck, pitching coach Doug Brocail and broadcaster Dave Raymond.  Alyson Footer, the Astros’ Senior Director of Social Media, will also be in attendance, marking her second RBI Austin event (Alyson was at the Reagan HS field unveiling in Jan. 2011).

What:         Youth Baseball & Softball Clinic with Houston Astros Players

Date:           Wednesday, February 1, 3:15 – 5:00pm.

Location: Rosewood Rec Center, 1182 N. Pleasant Valley Rd., 78702

Cost:            Free

Who:            Boys and Girls ages 4 - 12

To Register: or call 512-773-3617.

ASTROS AUTOGRAPH SESSION: Each boy and girl will have the opportunity to get one autograph per Astros player in attendance.  Kids can either bring their own items to get autographed or the Astros will have player photo cards to autograph and give to the kids.

January RBI Clinics

RBI Austin is hosting two free baseball clinics in January - one on Saturday, January 21 for 4 - 8 year old boys and girls and one on Sunday, January 22 for 13 - 18 year old guys.  Details:

JUNIOR RBI CLINIC (Ages 4 - 8, boys & girls):

When: Saturday, Jan. 21, 10:00am - 12:00.

Where: Reagan HS Baseball Field (1600 Athletic Drive, 78752)

Registration: Click here to sign up.

RBI CLINIC (Ages 13 - 18):

When: Sunday, Jan. 22, 2:00 - 5:00pm. Please arrive at 1:30 for check in.

Where: Reagan HS Baseball Field (1600 Athletic Dr, Austin, TX 78752)

Special Guests: Current and former Major League Baseball players  

Registration: Click here to sign up.

Bonus: First 50 online registrants will receive a free RBI Austin t-shirt!

Instructors from RBI Clinic on 12/10/11:

TOP: Taylor Stell (University of Texas), Taylor Jungmann (Milwaukee Brewers), Taylor Rogers (SF Giants), Wade Mackey (Lincoln Saltdogs)

BOTTOM: Curtis Thigpen (Toronto Blue Jays - retired), Chance Ruffin (Seattle Mariners), Matt Price (RBI Austin Director)

RBI Austin 2012 Kickoff Party & Dinner

On Tuesday, January 10, RBI Austin will be hosting its 2012 Kickoff Party at The For the City Center in Northeast Austin.  All RBI players ages 13 - 18, families and coaches are invited.  Dinner will be provided as we celebrate 2011 and tell you about exciting upcoming RBI opportunities for 2012.

*Please RSVP by Sunday, January 8 by emailing with the names of those attending in your group.

If you have any questions, email or call (512) 992-3867.

What: RBI Austin 2012 Kickoff Party & Dinner

When: Tuesday, January 10, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Where: The For the City Center (500 E. St. Johns Ave, Austin, TX 78752)

Who: Players ages 13 - 18, families and coaches

Deadline: RSVP by Sunday, January 8 to

Party agenda:

  • Eat Dinner: fajitas and more!
  • Celebrate RBI Austin’s one-year anniversary
  • Share exciting RBI opportunities for you in 2012

The For the City Center

Donate to Sponsor an RBI kid in 2012

Provide inner city youth hope, support and guidance through baseball and mentoring year-round!


Here’s how your tax-deductible gift will directly impact an RBI kid in 2012:

$30/month: enables one Junior RBI kid (age 4 – 8) to play on a 2012 RBI team & attend monthly clinics. Or $360 Special Gift.

$50/month: enables one RBI student (age 13 – 18) to play on a 2012 RBI team & attend RBI clinics. Or $600 Special Gift.

$85/month enables one player to have a trained RBI mentor in their life on a weekly basis year-roundOr $1,000 Special Gift.

*If you sign up to sponsor a kid, you will receive quarterly newsletters sharing how your investment is making an impact.


Jacob’s Story

Dear Austin Community,

Jacob is seven years old and lives in East Austin.  His dad, Ricky, is an alcohol and drug addict who has been in and out of prison three times over the past two years.  Jacob’s mom, Rosa, takes the bus every morning to her job at a local dry cleaner.  Jacob is a healthy young boy with a beautiful smile.  He’s also a rambunctious kid whose energy sometimes gets him in trouble at school.

How do I know Jacob and his family?  They were my next-door neighbors for two years in the St. John neighborhood of Northeast Austin.  During that time, I twice came home to find fresh, gruesome wounds on Ricky’s body from recent stabbings - one nearly fatal.

In times when Ricky was absent, I got to encourage, guide, and pray with Jacob.  I got to take Jacob and his friends out for ice cream and play catch with them.  Through this simple, yet impactful relationship, Jacob began exhibiting a hope and purpose that was uncommon in our impoverished neighborhood.  Jacob wasn’t the only one changed.  The Lord used Jacob to transform me and my perspective as well.

I wish I could tell you Jacob’s story is an anomaly, but it is not.  There are hundreds and hundreds of Jacobs right here in our community.  Little kids living in a chaotic home.  Little kids who need love and support.  They all have wounds – physical and emotional – so deep that no government program can heal them.  THERE IS HOPE THOUGH.

Two Clinics This Weekend

RBI Austin is hosting two free baseball clinics this weekend - one on Saturday for 13 - 18 year old guys and one on Sunday for 4 - 8 year old boys and girls.  Details:

RBI CLINIC (Ages 13 - 18):

When: Saturday, Dec 10, 1:30 - 4:30pm. Please arrive at 1:00 for check in.

Where: Reagan HS Baseball Field (1600 Athletic Dr, Austin, TX 78752)

Special Guests: Current and former Major League Baseball players  

Registration: Click here to sign up.

JUNIOR RBI CLINIC (Ages 4 - 8, boys & girls):

When: Sunday, Dec 11, 2:00 - 4:00pm

Where: Reagan HS gym (parking lot entrance at 1600 Athletic Drive, 78752)

Special Guests: UT Longhorn baseball players

Registration: Click here to sign up.

Help Recruit Students for Jr. RBI

At the elementary schools listed below, RBI will have a booth set up where we will be passing out fliers and inviting parents to sign up their kids for our free Dec 11 Jr. RBI clinic.  Unless noted otherwise, we can do this before or after school (7:00 – 8:00am or 2:15 – 3:15pm) depending on volunteer availability.

We are looking for one Spanish-speaking volunteer and one other volunteer for each date:

Wednesday Nov. 30 – Reilly (2:15 - 3:15pm)

Thursday Dec. 1 – Hart (7:00 - 8:00 am) and Andrews (7:00 - 8:00 am)

Monday Dec. 5 – Brown (7:00 - 8:00 am) and Winn 

Tuesday Dec. 6 – Oak Springs (2:15 - 3:15pm)

Wednesday Dec. 7 – Blanton

Thursday Dec. 8 – Pickle

Friday Dec. 9 – Hart (7:00 - 8:00 am) 

Please email if you are interested and pass this on to any others (especially Spanish speakers!) who might be interested.

Thank you for serving our city with us!