Mark Teixeira will be meeting today with this year’s graduates of the Harlem RBI program, which is graduating 100 percent of its senior class, with each and every one accepted to college. Here’s the press release from the Yankees.
Harlem RBI, a 19-year-old youth-development organization in East Harlem, is giving its graduating seniors a unique opportunity to tour the brand new Yankee Stadium and engage in an exclusive meet and greet with Mark Teixeira, first baseman of the New York Yankees, on Friday, June 18.
Last month, Teixeira, a two-time MLB All-Star and 2009 World Series champion, became a member of Harlem RBI’s Board of Directors and served as a chairperson at the organization’s annual 2010 Bids for Kids Gala on May 19th. He and his wife, Leigh Teixeira, also graciously donated $100,000 toward Harlem RBI Future’s Fund, to help aid programs supporting Harlem RBI’s college bound seniors that focus and guide youth to and through higher education.
After the tour and meeting with Teixeira, Harlem RBI will host its annual graduation ceremony at the Field of Dreams in East Harlem on Friday evening at 6pm. The event will honor and recognize the youth’s achievements, most notably, that 100% of the 2010 senior class are graduating high school and have been accepted into college. By contrast, only 42% of East Harlem youth graduate high school and 13% of adult residents hold a college degree.
“Harlem RBI is thrilled to have Mark Teixeira join our team. His dedication to our organization brings new energy and excitement to both participants and staff. I have great hopes for what this partnership can bring to our organization as a whole.” Richard Berlin, Executive Director of Harlem RBI, remarked. “Mark is a tremendous player both on and off the field, and his generous contributions to Harlem RBI and the Future’s Fund will make higher education possible for many well-deserved high school students.”
In addition, as the Honorary Chair of Harlem RBI’s $20 million Capital Campaign Committee, Teixeira will assist Harlem RBI by participating in various events to support the organization, including activities with Harlem RBI youth. He will also serve as one of the 2011 Bids for Kids Gala honorees as Harlem RBI celebrates its 20th Anniversary.
Associated Press photo of Teixeira.