Reds will host the 2016 and 2017 RBI World Series

Reds will host the 2016 and 2017 RBI World Series

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Reds and Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday the 2016 and 2017 RBI (Reviving Baseball Inner Cities) World Series is coming to Cincinnati.

"We are very pleased that the Cincinnati Reds will host the RBI World Series the next two years," said Tony Petitti, Chief Operating Officer, Major League Baseball.

The RBI program is a youth initiative with MLB set up to help less fortunate and diverse communities excel in baseball in softball, as well as academically. The games will be played August 3-16 on several fields around Cincinnati, including Great American Ball Park and the P&G MLB Urban Youth Academy. This will be the first time the Reds host the RBI World Series.

"It is a proud day for the Cincinnati Reds and our community and we relish the opportunity to host the RBI World Series at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy," said Bob Castellini, Reds President & CEO.

"When it comes to growing and promoting our game at the youth level, the Reds have been exemplary, particularly with respect to the RBI program, its outstanding Urban Youth Academy and as hosts of last year's All-Star Game festivities," said Petitti. "The RBI World Series is designed to provide an enriching experience for participants, both on and off the field, and we are confident that the Reds will continue to exceed all expectations as a host club."

Notable RBI World Series participants in the past include: Hank Arron, Paul Moliter, Tommy Lasorda and Ivan Rodriguez among others. More than 200 RBI alumni have been drafted by MLB clubs.

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