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Reds Community Fund

Knothole/Youth Baseball Funding

Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI)

Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) will be entering its 24th year of play in 2013. From its inception in 1989 through the 2011 season, RBI has grown from a local program for boys in South Central Los Angeles to an international campaign encompassing more than 200 cities and as many as 200,000 male and female participants a year. In 2010 Jr. RBI was launched, designed to create new playing divisions that provide baseball and softball opportunities for children ages 5-12 that also serve as a feeder to the current RBI 13-18 baseball and softball divisions.

Senior RBI

During 2011, the Reds Community Fund supported Spring and Summer RBI leagues, featuring a total of 15 baseball and softball teams ranging in age from 9-18. The Cincinnati RBI program has teams participating in the Jr. RBI (9-12), Senior RBI, and girls RBI softball divisions. In 2011, the Reds hosted the RBI East Regional Tournament for the third consecutive year. On July 25th, the East Regional finals were held at Great American Ball Park (baseball) and Northern Kentucky University (softball). The champion from each division advanced to the RBI World Series, which was hosted by the Minnesota Twins. We are proud to say that in 2010, our very own Cincinnati Reds Jr. RBI team won the championship game at GABP, to advance and represent Cincinnati in the RBI World Series in Jupiter Florida.

For more information on the RBI program, you can contact Bill Daggy at bdaggy@reds.com or (513) 563-7621.

Match Program

The Coldwell Banker West Shell Match program is designed to bring youth baseball teams from the suburbs and the inner city together in the spirit of diversity, interaction and friendly competition. Through the support of Coldwell Banker West Shell, the program has expanded to include16 organizations, which will continue to make this one of the most meaningful programs the Reds Community Fund supports.

Match Program

This year's "matches" include:

  • Anderson Township Little League with the Madisonville Braves organization
  • Wyoming Knothole and the Lincoln Heights Tigers
  • Loveland/Cincinnati Stix and Evanston Six Men Tigers
  • Norwood Knothole and The Friars Club(Clifton Heights)
  • Madeira Knothole and West End Reds / T.S. Bulls
  • Forest Park Baseball & Softball Association and Newport American Legion
  • Harrison Jr. Baseball and the North Hills Baseball organization
  • Erlanger and Covedale baseball

Each Match will participate in a home-and-home series, in which teams blend and play, mingle and cookout with the kids and their families. All team played an integral role in 2009 Civil Rights Game, in which took will take part in the Youth Summit on Fountain Square, "march" to the ball park in the Delta Youth Baseball March to Great American Ball Park. The program will culminate in a field trip to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in September.

For more information on the "Match" program, contact Jerome Wright at (513) 765-7341 or jwright@reds.com.

Reds Youth Baseball Funding

The Reds Youth Baseball Funding program enters its eleventh year in 2015. This initiative is a funding mechanism for underserved youth baseball and softball organizations. The program is inspired by local inner-city coaches who help keep baseball and softball vibrant in urban neighborhoods while striving to be positive role models.

The Reds Community Fund began this initiative in 2005 by funding five Knothole baseball organizations. In 2014 the Reds Community Fund expanded the program to reach more than 60 organizations while financially assisting more than 700 teams.

In order to qualify for funding, organizations must submit a grant application and receive a formal invitation to participate. In order to remain eligible for the program, each organization must complete a minimum of three community-based activities. Grant dollars can be used by the teams to assist with uniforms and equipment expenses, along with field fees, league fees and trophies.

As part of its baseball-themed outreach, the Reds Community Fund offers field renovation and youth baseball funding grants. In order to be eligible, your organization must meet the following criteria:

  • Operate in "Reds Country" (Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana)
  • Serve the community by affording youth the opportunity to play baseball or softball
  • Must be able to show proof of financial need

The Reds Community Fund grant cycle adheres to the following timeline:

  • Youth baseball funding applications will be accepted between November 1 and December 31, 2014 with decisions communicated by January 31, 2015


All applications will be reviewed at the end of the grant cycle. At that time, your organization will be notified of your initial status. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If your application is approved for further evaluation, you will be contacted by a Reds Community Fund representative to schedule an informational meeting. Applications that are received late will not be accepted. Each organization must apply every year to be considered for assistance.

Please submit your Youth Baseball Funding applications to:
Reds Community Fund
Attn: Jerome Wright
100 Joe Nuxhall Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202

For more information, please contact Jerome Wright at (513) 765-7341 or jwright@reds.com.