The Players Alliance
OUR TEAM IS FOCUSED ON BUILDING EQUITABLE SYSTEMS IN ORDER TO CHANGE THE TRAJECTORY OF DIVERSITY THROUGHOUT BASEBALL. By dedicating ourselves to this cause, players are committing our personal time and energy to build a stronger and more successful game for the future.
MASK (Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings) was established in 2015 as a way to put eyes on the streets, interrupt violence and crime, and teach children to grow up as friends rather than enemies. A group of caring individuals in the community began to simply hang out on the block, cook food, and emanate love.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository is Chicago’s food bank. We believe a healthy community starts with food. The Food Depository is part of a united community effort working to bring food, dignity and hope to our Cook County neighbors. We act as the hub for a network of more than 700 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other programs. These programs provide food where it’s most needed. We also address the root causes of hunger. Public benefits outreach and job training programs offer support for our neighbors to overcome poverty. As the face of hunger in our community has changed, the Food Depository has evolved. Our programs address the specific needs of diverse groups, including children, older adults and veterans. By taking hunger off the table, we enable families to focus on other priorities, like education, growth and security. We enable communities to face their challenges with confidence. Today and in the long term, providing nutritious food is an investment in health and hope for our neighbors and our community. Learn more about how we make an impact on hunger every day. The Food Depository is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks.
Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) is a Major League Baseball (MLB) youth outreach program designed to: -Increase participation and interest in baseball and softball among youth. -Promote greater inclusion of youth with diverse backgrounds into the mainstream of the game. -Increase the number of talented athletes prepared to play in college and professionally. -Encourage academic achievement. -Teach the value of teamwork. -From its inception in 1989, RBI has grown from a local program for boys in South Central Los Angeles to an international campaign encompassing more than 200 cities and as many as 150,000 male and female participants per year.
Future Ties provides homework help and after-school activities five days per week, as well as a summer camp when school is not in session. Hundreds of kids participate in Future Ties’ programming each year, which includes field trips to places like the beach and a roller skating rink, arts and crafts, guest speakers, and movie nights. The academic mentorship that Future Ties provides helps young people achieve grades and test scores high enough to be admitted to test-in high schools around the city.