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08/06/2007 4:03 PM ET
15th annual Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series presented by KPMG set to begin Aug. 7
Championship games to be held at Dodger Stadium
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Major League Baseball will host the 15th annual Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series presented by KPMG at venues throughout the Los Angeles area, including the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California, from August 7-18. The RBI World Series is the championship round of the RBI program, the Major League Baseball youth baseball and softball initiative presented by KPMG, LLP.

The 24 teams playing in the RBI World Series are divided in three divisions: Junior Boys (13-15 year olds); Senior Boys (16-18 year olds); and Girls Softball (19 and under). The returning champions in each division - Detroit (Junior Boys); Los Angeles (Senior Boys) and Atlanta (Girls Softball) - will defend their titles against RBI teams from Southern California, the host area, and the winners of RBI regional tournaments in six geographical regions. A complete list of RBI World Series presented by KPMG teams is attached.

"It takes great skill, dedication, sportsmanship and teamwork to reach the final rounds of the national RBI competition," said Allan H. (Bud) Selig, Commissioner of Baseball. "On behalf of Major League Baseball, I want to congratulate every player, coach, and family member for reaching this level of play. RBI is a great example of Major League Baseball's commitment to reaching out to the youth and providing more boys and girls the opportunity to play the game."

"We are proud to partner with Major League Baseball in this worthwhile program, which provides a great experience for the boys and girls on the baseball and softball fields and in the classroom," said Tim Flynn, Chairman and Chief Executive of KPMG, LLP. "Our congratulations to the 24 teams making it to the championships. We salute the teams for their achievements this season and know that the players will cherish these moments with their teammates, families and friends for the rest of their lives."

In addition to the round robin RBI World Series tournament, participating teams will attend Major League Baseball games and welcome receptions that feature guest speakers such as Tommy Lasorda, Hall of Fame manager and Dodger Special Advisor to the Chairman; Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson and MLB Educational programming consultant; Ken Williams, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Chicago White Sox; Tom Brasuell, Vice President, Community Affairs, Major League Baseball; and Bruce Pfau, Vice Chair, Human Resources of KPMG, LLP.

This year, the RBI program has welcomed two new partners - KPMG and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation - which are committed to helping expand and enhance the program. During the next four years, KPMG, which became the first Presenting Sponsor of the RBI Program in June, will assist RBI with the development of baseball, softball and life skills through its corporate citizenship program. KPMG will have volunteers in Los Angeles to assist in facilitating the 2007 RBI World Series.

Additionally, this year in honor of the 60th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson's entry into the Major Leagues that broke baseball's color barrier, all RBI players will honor the legacy of Jackie Robinson by wearing a decal featuring his uniform number, 42, on their helmets.

Since it was established in 1989, the RBI program has provided a path for many players to enter the college and professional game. Nearly 175 RBI participants have been drafted by Major League Clubs in the program's 18-year history. RBI alumni currently playing in the big leagues include: Carl Crawford (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), Coco Crisp (Boston Red Sox), Jimmy Rollins (Philadelphia Phillies) and Dontrelle Willis (Florida Marlins). Crawford (Houston RBI - '97) and Crisp (Los Angeles RBI - '95) each played in an RBI World Series. This year, 19 current and former RBI participants were selected in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, including Los Angeles RBI member Mike Watt (2nd round) and Oakland RBI alum Dennis Dixon (5th round).

RBI presented by KPMG is one of many Major League Baseball initiatives dedicated to enhancing youth participation and interest in baseball and softball. Specifically, RBI is designed to promote interest in the sport, increase the self-esteem of disadvantaged children, and encourage kids to stay in school. RBI programs have been started in more than 200 cities worldwide, and annually provide as many as 120,000 boys and girls the opportunity to play baseball and softball. For more information, please visit: http://www.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/official_info/community/rbi.jsp.

Junior Boys Teams Senior Boys Teams
Chicago (Union League Boys & Girls Club) Anaheim (Gene Autry RBI League)
Detroit (Think Detroit PAL) Chicago (Union League Boys & Girls Club)
Houston (Houston RBI) Cleveland (Cleveland Baseball Federation)
Indianapolis (Indiana Amateur Baseball Association) Houston (Houston RBI)
Los Angeles (Los Angeles RBI) Los Angeles (Los Angeles RBI)
Philadelphia (Philadelphia Phillies RBI) Philadelphia (Philadelphia Phillies RBI)
Santo Domingo, D.R. (RBI Santo Domingo) Santo Domingo, D.R. (Santo Domingo RBI)
St. Petersburg (Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast) St. Petersburg (Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast)

Girls Softball Teams
Anaheim (Gene Autry RBI League)
Atlanta (Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta)
Hawaii (Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Island)
Minneapolis (Minnesota Twins RBI)
Newark (Newark Project Pride)
Pittsburgh (Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania)
Santo Domingo (Santo Domingo RBI)
Tampa (Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay)
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