Posted April 7, 2011 by DJ Enuff in Sports

Teixeira donates $1 Million to Harlem RBI


With the rain delay yesterday, Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira decided to turn his attention to donating $1 Million to Harlem RBI. Read the excerpt and make a donation, courtesy espn:

The Yankees first baseman announced on Wednesday afternoon that he’s making a $1 million donation to Harlem RBI, an East Harlem-based charity dedicated to helping the community’s underserved youth. In addition to his donation, Teixeira plans to serve as a driving force behind the construction of a new facility in the neighborhood.

“We have a chance to really make part of Harlem revitalized,” Teixeira said.

Harlem RBI is centered around baseball and softball with an academic focus of helping kids get into college. It started 20 years ago as a diamond on East 100th St., part a of Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program. It has grown into the largest youth-serving organization in the neighborhood, with more than 1,000 members.

Teixeira joined the Harlem RBI Board of Directors in 2010 after his sister, Elizabeth Durastanti, turned his attention to the program.

“When I saw what Harlem RBI was doing in one of the toughest neighborhoods in New York City and really making a difference in kids’ lives … I knew it was an organization I wanted to be a part of,” Teixeira said.

To make donations: Teixeira is calling on fans to help raise additional funds for the project. Any fans interested in donating to the endeavor can do so through dreamteam25.org or text “RBI” to 50555 to make a $10 donation.

(excerpt, quotes from full article courtesy espn)