First, good news for you Subway Race fans. The regular subway cars will be back tonight after an agreement between the Yankees and the MTA.
Second, good work by Mark Teixeira who continues to work closely with Harlem RBI. This afternoon, Teixeira will hold a press conference to discuss his latest contribution and fundraising initiative. If you contribute, you could be chosen to have lunch with Tex. Here’s the announcement from the Yankees.
(Yankee Stadium, New York) – April 6, 2011 New York Yankees first baseman, Mark Teixeira, today announced that he has made a $1 million donation to East Harlem charity Harlem RBI, and he is calling on his fans to help raise additional funds through his Dream Team campaign.
The fundraising campaign will help the organization build a state-of-the-art facility for the children that Harlem RBI and its partner DREAM Charter School serve each year. The groundbreaking project will include a 450-seat public charter school facility, a new community center, 87 units of low income housing and a rebuilt public park, and will serve as a model of urban development in one of New York City’s toughest neighborhoods. Fans of the four-time Gold Glove Award winner will be able to take part in this exciting campaign by joining Teixeira’s Dream Team online or via text.
“I’ve seen firsthand how Harlem RBI and DREAM Charter School are making dreams real for East Harlem kids. I’m calling on my fans to help build a home and resource for this vibrant community,” said Teixeira. “When fans donate to my Dream Team, they will also have the opportunity to spend part of the day with me at Yankee Stadium.”
Harlem RBI, an academic and baseball/softball program which focuses youth on gaining college acceptance, recently opened a DREAM Charter School in 2008. Teixeira joined the Harlem RBI Board of Directors in 2010 and has gotten to know the organization’s work by participating in workshops and programs with Harlem RBI’s youth, motivating them to reach their potential and realize their dreams. Harlem RBI is part of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program, which is the Major League Baseball youth initiative designed to provide opportunities to play baseball and softball, to encourage academic success and to teach the value of teamwork and other important life lessons to underserved young people, ages 5 to 18, from urban communities.
Nine lucky donors to the fundraising campaign will be selected to have lunch with Teixeira, along with a behind-the-scenes tour of Yankee Stadium, on-field recognition with Teixeira and suite tickets to a Yankees game. Interested fans can visit www.dreamteam25.org to join Teixeira’s Dream Team or text “RBI” to 50555 to make a $10 donation to the campaign. Teixeira will personally document the campaign’s progress on his new social media sites, which include a Facebook fanpage site, www.facebook.com/teixeiramark25 and his Twitter account, @teixeiramark25.
MARK TEIXEIRA & HARLEM RBI
Mark Teixeira, the New York Yankees first baseman, and Harlem RBI entered into a strategic partnership in May 2010 when the two-time MLB All-Star and 2009 World Series champion became a member of Harlem RBI’s Board of Directors. Teixeira will serve as the honoree with Howard Lutnick from Cantor Fitzgerald/BGC Partners at Harlem RBI’s annual 2011 Bids for Kids Gala at Cipriani on June 6, 2011.
In addition, as the Honorary Chair of Harlem RBI’s $20 million Capital Campaign, Mark assists Harlem RBI by participating in various events to support the organization, including activities with Harlem RBI youth. He will work with Major League Baseball to connect with RBI programs nationally through in-stadium appearances with fellow Major League Baseball players and seek to support local RBI programs around the country.
TEX’S DREAM TEAM
As a member of Harlem RBI’s Board of Directors and as the Honorary Chairman of the Capital Campaign, Teixeira has stepped up to the plate in support of Harlem RBI and DREAM, personally committing $1 million in support of this project. Teixeira’s goal is to engage the public to join his Dream Team to collectively meet or exceed his gift. Nine lucky supporters will have unique access to Teixeira, joining him for lunch and a tour of Yankee Stadium, enjoying batting practice on the field prior to a game, then receiving suite tickets to the Yankees game that evening. In addition, he will work to secure additional supporters over the coming months to join him in his efforts to level the field and build the future for East Harlem youth.
HARLEM RBI AND DREAM CHARTER SCHOOL
Harlem RBI, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is celebrating its 20th year of service, began in 1991 when a group of volunteers transformed an abandoned, garbage-strewn lot into two baseball diamonds for the youth of East Harlem. Since then, Harlem RBI has grown to serve more than 1,000 boys and girls, ages 5-21, with year-round academic, sports and enrichment programs. Harlem RBI’s comprehensive approach to youth development replaces the barriers inner-city youth typically face with concrete opportunities to build the skills and confidence needed to graduate high school, matriculate to college and break the cycle of poverty. Since 2005, 97% of Harlem RBI seniors have graduated high school, 93% of seniors have been accepted into college and 99% of participants have avoided teen parenthood.
In 2008, after 17 years of working in East Harlem and producing exceptional results, Harlem RBI opened DREAM Charter School. DREAM’s mission is to educate East Harlem children through a comprehensive K-8 program that builds a community of passionate, lifelong learners. DREAM is a model learning community with high expectations, a strong culture of care and a vision of student success and excellence. Today the school serves 200 students and will grow one grade each year until it reaches capacity at 450 students, grades K-8.
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