Since May, Attention has been working with Harlem RBI -- a baseball, softball and academic enrichment organization with the mission to provide inner-city youth with opportunities to play, learn and grow. Working with them and seeing their work in motion has been such a rewarding and inspiring experience.
And it’s not only Harlem RBI that has stolen our hearts, but New York Yankees first basemen, Mark Texiera. Mark has volunteered his time and, more importantly, himself of HarlemRBI uses the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.
Mark has helped us make the world a better place by shaping and inspiring Harlem’s inner city youth. We are reaching out to Mark's supporters and people that appreciate good old-fashioned hard work to let you know he has been nominated for the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award. This award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team." Harlem RBI couldn't be more proud of Mark and this nomination.
Mark didn’t take the easy route, he didn’t just lend his name, he’s given Harlem RBI his time. Here's a small sampling of Mark's participation at Harlem RBI and DREAM Charter School:
REAL Kids Championships. In the culminating event of the baseball season at Harlem RBI, Mark throws out the first pitch for the REAL Kids Championship Games.
DREAM Visit. Mark visits DREAM Charter School fourth graders and reads "CATCH THE MOON," a story of a young girl who won’t give up until her dream of playing baseball comes true.
Learning from a pro. Mark spends the afternoon on the Field of Dreams showing kids how to catch fly balls and how to read the hop.
This is a well-deserved nod and hope that you will vote for him to win this recognition. The deadline to vote is TONIGHT at 11:59 PM on October 14.