CHICAGO – From the 28th Annual Cubs Convention, the Chicago Cubs today announced 11 high school seniors of the Chicago Cubs RBI program have been offered college scholarships to play baseball.
The Chicago Cubs RBI program is run through the Union League Boys and Girls Clubs in Chicago and supported through a grant from Cubs Care, a McCormick Foundation Fund. Cubs Care provides $100,000 to fund the entire program. The program provides nearly 300 inner city youth the opportunity to play ball and participate in weekend tournaments.
“We’re thrilled to honor this group of extraordinary men and their accomplishments as they further their academic and baseball careers,” said Mike Lufrano, Chicago Cubs executive vice president community affairs. “Chicago Cubs Charities is committed to expanding the reach of baseball while advancing educational opportunities.”
“The Union League Boys & Girls Clubs RBI (reviving baseball in the inner cities) program is all about teamwork and opportunity. Our RBI program allows more than 300 Chicago youth to play summer and fall ball in a safe and encouraging environment. Through our Boys & Girls Clubs Formula for Impact, we also encourage academic success, teach the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and the values of good character and citizenship,” said Mary Ann Mahon-Huels, executive director.
A complete list of players receiving scholarships follows.
List of RBI Players Receiving College Scholarships
|Jeremiah Figueroa||Roberto Clemente Community Academy||University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff||AR||1|
|Reginald Rogers||Morgan Park High School||Claflin University||SC||2|
|Johnny Stevenson||Morgan Park High School||Claflin University||SC||2|
|Wendall Ferguson||Brother Rice High School||Claflin University||SC||2|
|Moises Diaz||Holy Trinity High School||Greenville University||IL||3|
|David Matthews||Roberto Clemente Community Academy||Kentucky State University||KY||2|
|Stevie Glochowsky||Roberto Clemente Community Academy||Kentucky State University||KY||2|
|Sharkael Eggleston||Morgan Park High School||Paine University||GA||2|
|Jarron Johnson||Rich Central High School||Paine University||GA||2|
|Darren Davis||Morgan Park High School||Lemoyne Owens University||TN||2|
|Joey Marciano||Roberto Clemente Community Academy||John A. Logan College||IL||Jr. college|
About Chicago Cubs Charities
Chicago Cubs Charities harnesses the passion of Cubs fans to improve the lives of children and families across the city and beyond. Chicago Cubs Charities’ goal is to provide increased access to sports opportunities and target improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk.
Chicago Cubs Charities supports worthwhile nonprofits and programs across Chicagoland. In the last 11 years, more than $17 million has been granted to deserving organizations. Chicago Cubs Charities is honored to support the people and organizations which make our city a great place to work, live and play ball.
For more information on Chicago Cubs Charities programs and events or to make a donation, please visit www.cubs.com/community or call 773-404-CUBS.
About Union League Boys & Girls Clubs:
The Union League Boys & Girls Clubs provides positive alternatives to help young people become responsible citizens by opening the doors to the future. For 93 years, the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs have served thousands of children in six well-equipped, professionally staffed inner-city Chicago clubs in the Pilsen, West Town and Humboldt Park communities. The organization also staffs and manages its own 250-acre summer camp in southern Wisconsin where youths from Chicago’s inner city spend weeks in an environment free from drugs, gangs and violence.
To learn more on how you can help support the Union League Club Boys & Girls Club visit www.ulbgc.org.
About Major League Baseball’s RBI Program:
The RBI program is a Major League Baseball youth initiative designed to provide opportunities to play baseball and softball, to encourage excellence and achievement in education and to teach the value of teamwork and other important life lessons to young people, ages 5 to 18, from underserved and urban communities. The RBI program provides more than 200,000 boys and girls the opportunity to play baseball and softball in more than 300 programs established in more than 200 cities worldwide. MLB and all 30 Clubs have designated more than $30 million worth of resources to the RBI program, and all 30 Clubs support RBI leagues. For more information, please visit: MLB.com/rbi.