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Youth Sports Programs

Youth Sports Programs

Youth Sports Programs

Rays Tee-Ball Initiative

  • For the second straight year, the Rays, Majestic Athletic and Suncoast Credit Union provided jerseys and caps to over 5,500 T-ball players and coaches for more than 50 Little Leagues from nine surrounding districts. The program reached Little League T-ball teams in Charlotte, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties.
  • The uniforms include 18 variations of Rays colors and styles to give the region's young Little Leaguers a big league look. The jerseys are created by Majestic Athletic, the official uniform supplier of Major League Baseball.
  • The total savings from the project, as reported by the participating leagues, is estimated at approximately $115,000.
  • As a result of these savings, officials from some of the participating leagues have noted that they now have the ability to repair their scoreboards, provide paint upgrades to dugouts, add fencing for fields, fund new equipment purchases and grounds crew supplies and repair concession stands and other facilities.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund was established in 1999 through a $10 million commitment by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The initiative is designed to promote and enhance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball by funding programs, fields and equipment purchases. Each year the Rays host an equipment drive to collect fan donations of new and used equipment for youth organizations in the community.

Pitch, Hit & Run Contest

Scott's Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run is a free skills competition that provides boys and girls ages 7-14, the opportunity to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities at Tropicana Field. Winners advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championship events and the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game.

PLAY

  • Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth (PLAY) is a public awareness campaign of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society┬« (PBATS), in conjunction with the Taylor Hooton Foundation and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. PLAY utilizes the celebrity appeal of Major League Baseball and expertise of professional athletic trainers to encourage kids to live healthy lifestyles.
  • Every year the Rays invite local youth out to the event from YMCA Suncoast, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast, Happy Workers Children's Center, Devereux Kids, Carlton Manor, Burg Baseball, Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast, and TASCO to participate in a morning of exercise and fun. Those who attend learn about healthy living, making the right decisions, and exercise.

RBI Program

The RBI program is a youth outreach initiative designed by Major League Baseball to provide underprivileged boys and girls the opportunity to learn and enjoy the games of baseball and softball throughout the Tampa Bay region. The program is designed to grow interest and participation in the sport, and encourage kids to stay in school, foster academic achievement and community responsibility, encourage inclusion of minorities in the sport, develop confidence and self-esteem, teach the value of teamwork and help build better futures.