Major League Baseball Charities Inc.
MLB Charities, Inc. is a 501(c)(3)not-for-profit corporation that provides support to local, national and international tax-exempt organizations to directly conduct or sponsor activities for the promotion of good health, physical education, public safety, medical research, literacy, educational or charitable purposes.
In 1997, Commissioner Allan H (Bud) Selig announced the selection of Boys & Girls Clubs of America as the official charity of Major League Baseball.Since that designation, Major League Baseball and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America have partnered to establish more than 150 new Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) leagues and more than 200 new Rookie League (machine - pitch instructional programs).Key components of the RBI program are the inclusion of Breaking Barriers: a baseball-themed character education program designed to teach children to use the values of Jackie Robinson to deal with barriers and challenges in their lives and the MLBS.T.A.R. Award, which recognizes Club members for their ability to demonstrate the positive behaviors of Sportsmanship, Team spirit, Achievement and Responsibility.
Major League Baseball has increased exposure for B&GCA through produced print, radio and television public service advertising campaigns and generated more than $20 million in direct and indirect funding for Boys & Girls Clubs of America during its ten-year relationship.
In addition to supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), MLB Charities provides support to a number of other national charitable organizations and initiatives, including the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Roberto Clemente Sports City, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and youth baseball and softball organizations including USA Baseball and Little League Baseball.
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball pays all administrative expenses for MLB Charities, Inc.