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

Tuesday, May 07, 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.


No. 2 Ole Miss Pulls Away To Whip Tennessee, 34-3

OXFORD, Miss. – A hopeful night turned into a nightmare for Tennessee’s youthful Volunteers. Third-ranked Mississippi, behind a two-touchdown performance by quarterback Bo Wallace and a smothering defense, separated itself in the second half and went on to smack Tennessee, 34-3, on homecoming Saturday night at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Vols lost their two previous ... (click for more)

St. Andrew's-Sewanee Rolls On Senior Night

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee earned its 5th win on its Senior Night on Friday , beating the Middle Tennessee Heat 54-30.   The Mountain Lions took an early lead and kept the scores coming. Offensively, seniors Levi Higgins and Riley Rhoton led the SAS team to 524 total yards, with 338 of those coming from Higgins. Higgins ran for 5 touchdowns and returned a kickoff for ... (click for more)

Attorneys For Life Care Centers Of America Seek Direct Appeal On Key Issue In Federal Lawsuit

Attorneys for Life Care Centers of America are seeking a direct appeal to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on a key issue in the case in which the federal government is seeking millions of dollars in reimbursements, plus treble damages, against the Cleveland, Tn.,-based firm. The attorneys want to appeal a decision by Federal Judge Sandy Mattice that would allow the testimony ... (click for more)

Couple Die In Wreck In Marion County After Vehicle Goes Off Highway In A Curve

Two people died in a wreck in Marion County late Saturday night. The victims were identified as Glenda White, 33, of Palmer, Tn., and Jeremy Braden, 28, of Gruetli Laager, Tn. Both were ejected from their vehicle. They ran off the left side of Highway 108 at a curve while going north. The vehicle went through a fence into a field, before striking a tree and then coming ... (click for more)

Frances Pope Is The Only Answer For East Ridge Mayor

The time is upon us to stand together for a change, a changing of the guard for the better.  A time to elect officials that will actually listen to all the citizens that have concerns. A time to come together to watch East Ridge grow with new development. A time to elect the people in charge of the direction the city goes. A time when community involvement is essential. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UT Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet!

Just moments before Florida would seal a football 10-9 victory over Tennessee in early October, the student section in Neyland Stadium stooped to a new low when it vociferously chanted, “F*** you, Florida! F*** you, Florida!” It was shocking, a loud and vulgar display of all that sportsmanship isn’t, and served as a great embarrassment to Knoxville and the university. Jimmy Cheek, ... (click for more)