Baseball MLBWhat's more American than baseball? Local parks and recreation agencies have been associated with the national pastime for decades. NRPA helps to advance the value of baseball and softball in local communities through its partnership with Major League Baseball and these local initiatives - Pitch Hit & Run, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities and The Baseball Tomorrow Fund.



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MLB Pitch Hit & Run is a FREE, 1-day skills event designed for boys and girls (ages 7-14) to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities in March through early May. PHR offers:

  • Competition is easy to execute and can be hosted on a baseball/softball diamond or any open field
  • Allow boys and girls to compete and advance separately
  • Four levels of competition – Local, Sectional, Team Championships hosted in MLB ballparks & National Finals hosted during MLB All-Star Week

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Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) is a youth outreach program designed to:

  • Increase participation and interest in baseball/softball among underserved youth
  • Encourage academic participation and achievement
  • Increase number of talented athletes prepared to play in college and minor league
  • Promote greater inclusion of minorities into the mainstream of the game
  • Teach the value of teamwork

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The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) designed to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world. The BTF initiative provides:

  • grants to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations for field renovation and construction projects, equipment and uniform purchases, coaches training material and other selected program expenses
  • MLB league-wide initiatives including the collection and distribution of new and gently used equipment to organizations in need as well as field maintenance education clinics and materials