The Memphis Redbirds are teaming up with Major League Baseball to give mid-south kids more opportunities to get involved in our national pastime.
The Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, or RBI, the initiative is a program designed by Major League Baseball to improve baseball opportunities for underserved and diverse communities across the country. Behind the scenes, the Redbirds will be hosting a training conference over the next couple days for other RBI groups throughout the U.S and in countries like Canada and Puerto Rico.
There will also be a free “Play Ball” event on Saturday that will be open to the public. Kids ages 6-13 will be able to come to AutoZone Park and learn about baseball from former baseball players in a fun environment. For the Redbirds, getting kids interested in baseball at an early age is a key to ensuring their fan base doesn’t shrink in the future.
“This Play Ball event and opportunities like this to introduce baseball and have them engaged in it on a beautiful spring day and understand there’s not as many barriers to get involved in baseball as people might think there are,” says Memphis Redbirds president and general manager Craig Unger.
The “Play Ball” event will run from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Saturday at AutoZone Park. You can register online or at the park on the day of the event.
The Redbirds and Major League Baseball will also be donating baseball and softball equipment to Shelby County Schools to encourage more interest in the sport for area kids.
The Redbirds are also looking for some help during the 2017 season.
The Redbirds are going to be hosting a job fair Monday and Tuesday, February 20th and 21st, at AutoZone Park.
Redbirds president and general manager Craig Unger say the club is looking to hire between 50-75 people for gameday positions. That includes everything from ushers to ticket takers to bat boys and bat girls. They’re even looking for some new grounds crew members. The fair is open to everyone. Redbirds officials say these are perfect jobs for anyone who just loves being around the game.
“These are perfect positions for teachers and people who are retired and people who are just looking to be around the ballpark during the summer. It’s the perfect summer job for college kids and high school kids,” says Unger.
Job fair times will be from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Monday and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Tuesday in the Home Plate Club at AutoZone Park.