Today we heard from Colleen Cheek of Reds Rookie Success.
The Reds Community Fund was founded in 2001 and has several great programs.
-Matched Communities - connecting urban and suburban baseball organizations
-RBI Teams - Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities
-Fields Renovated - basic field improvements
-Youth Teams Funded - Underwrite 650 youth baseball teams who do community service
-MLB Urban Youth Academy - A year-round facility to help talented urban youth receive high-level training to help them improve. Opening Aug 22-23, 2014
The “jewel program” is their Reds Rookie Success Program
-Over 2000 kids in 5 markets and over 500 volunteers in Cincinnati, Batavia, Fairfield, Dayton, Louisville
-Free character building program for boys and girls ages 6-12 that runs 4 days per week for 2 weeks. All participants received character mentoring as well as fundamental baseball instruction from volunteer coaches.
-Kids received transportation, t-shirts, hats, lunch and visits from Reds players and coaches.
The Batavia program will be June 9-19, 2014 from 10am -1pm. Volunteers are needed and no knowledge of baseball is required. Volunteers need to complete an application, concussion training, background check and arrive by 9am.
Colleen shared a personal experience where she served in the RRSL. A child was reluctant to participate because her shoes were too small. Another volunteer bought the child a new pair of shoes and the little girl was then able to run with the rest of the kids. Colleen said, “This is the program that gives you these types of opportunities.”
To sign up contact Jennifer Gruber at RRSLClermont@reds.com