Teaming up for the Community
In 1991, a group of determined volunteers set out to transform a garbage-strewn lot into a baseball diamond in East Harlem with the help of Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Program. And Harlem RBI was born. Since then, we grew to play ball with more than 2,500 young people each year in addition to providing quality academic enrichment programs for three communities and opening a school in 2008.
While we no longer have “RBI” in our name, DREAM remains in close partnership with Major League Baseball. In 2017, DREAM was chosen to run MLB’s New York’s City Youth Academy. The Academy’s home fields are located at the newly rebuilt Roberto Clemente State Park, where the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has invested more than $90 million to transform this gem of the Bronx, including the existing baseball field, a new multi-purpose turf field where the girls softball program will play, and a tee-ball diamond for the youngest ballplayers in the community.
In addition, DREAM continues to administer the New York City RBI league for the region. MLB‘s RBI program started in 1989 as a local baseball league for underserved kids in Los Angeles. Since then, MLB has established RBI leagues for 200,000 participants in over 200 cities.
Commissioner Manfred Digs In
We are honored to welcome Robert D. Manfred, Jr., Commissioner of Baseball, to DREAM’s Board of Directors. We’re grateful for his long-time support and look forward to working even more closely with him in the future.