More Than 700 Young Men To Kick Off Inner City Baseball Program

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

In its third year in Chattanooga, Major League Baseball and the City of Chattanooga have teamed up to provide hundreds of youth the opportunity to learn not only the game of baseball, but numerous core values to strengthen one’s self, all at no cost to participants.

According to Major League Baseball, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) is designed to:

· Increase participation and interest in baseball and softball among underserved youth

· Encourage participation and achievement

· Promote greater inclusion of minorities into the mainstream of the game

· Teach the value of teamwork

More than 700 boys will kick start the summer baseball season on Saturday, at East Lake Community Center.

Following a brief ceremony. 27 teams, many from local Chattanooga Community Centers, will line the fields along with 50 volunteer coaches and partners, including the Engel Foundation, The Chattanooga Lookouts, Brewer Media. The first games of the season will take place followed by games played weekly at Warner Park.

Chattanooga’s RBI league operates from May to August and will provide divisions of local league play for participants ages six to 12. Tournament play for these divisions typically begins in late July with Regional qualifying tournaments for advancement to the RBI World Series in early August in New York City. Participants in the past have traveled to Phoenix and St. Louis.

RBI programs exist in more than 200 cities worldwide, and annually provide more than 200,000 boys and girls the opportunity to play baseball and softball.  Local girls RBI softball will begin later in June.


Strickland Signing Signals New Era Of Georgia Northwestern Golf

The last time a golf team representing Georgia Northwestern played in a tournament, they finished as national runners-up. That was almost one year ago and a lot of things have happened to the program since that time. The school moved from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) and the college ... (click for more)

Smokies' Vosler Leads Tennessee To 8-4 win over Chattanooga Lookouts Wednesday

 Jason Vosler hit three home runs and drove in six runs, as the Tennessee Smokies defeated the Chattanooga Lookouts 8-4 on Wednesday. The home runs by Vosler, all two-run shots, came in the third, fifth and seventh innings. Charcer Burks doubled and singled twice in the win. Tennessee right-hander Jen-Ho Tseng (2-0) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing ... (click for more)

2 People Shot In Chattanooga Overnight; Dequan Duke In Serious Condition; Frank Russell Has Minor Injury

Two people were shot overnight in Chattanooga.   Dequan Jamal Duke, 24, was in serious condition.   Frank Russell, 22, had a minor injury in a separate incident.   Chattanooga Police responded at 8:40 p.m. on Tuesday to a person shot at 2300 Wilson St.   The victim, Dequan Duke, arrived at a local hospital via a personally owned vehicle ... (click for more)

City Vows Lincoln Park To Be Preserved Despite Major Road, Sewer Projects

City officials vowed on Tuesday that Lincoln Park will be preserved despite a major road extension and sewer relocation planned nearby. Maura Sullivan, the city's chief operating officer, said the Trust for Public Land will hold public meetings geared around ideas for refurbishing the African-American park that once featured ball fields, a swimming pool and other attractions. ... (click for more)

Don't Clog Up The Last Remaining Semi-Unobstructed Route Into Town From North Of The River - And Response

The proposal to turn Hixson Pike in Riverview into a more pedestrian friendly street is more than absurd.   Let's be honest. This is the last semi-unobstructed route into town from north of the river, due to I-27 construction and the bike lane/parking lot that is North Market Street.  So, now the businesses in Riverview would like parking on this main artery? ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A One-Sided Opportunity

State education commissioner Candace McQueen has apparently fallen and hit her head. She most certainly needs to be examined after she came to Chattanooga on Monday and told the Times-Free Press about an exciting “partnership.” Are you kidding me? Despite the newspaper’s editors actually touting the venture as “promising,” the lady is clearly dancing by herself. With her Achievement ... (click for more)