U.S. Donates Baseball Equipment to RBI Curacao

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Curacao Country Office has teamed up with Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Curacao, the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland, and Pitch in for Baseball in Harleysville, Pennsylvania, to support youth baseball in Curacao.


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The first shipment of donated equipment recently arrived in Curacao and will be used by RBI Curacao to make sure all players have the proper baseball equipment. Representing the U.S. Government, Consul General Valerie Belon and DEA Curacao presented the donated equipment, on behalf of Pitch In For Baseball and Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, to Chairon Isenia of RBI Curacao during a small ceremony at Brionplein, today.

RBI is a Major League Baseball youth outreach program that encourages participation in baseball as well academic achievement and teamwork by youth in underserved communities. The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation helps to build character and teach critical life lessons to disadvantaged young people residing in America’s most distressed communities through baseball themed programs. Pitch In For Baseball (http://www.pitchinforbaseball.org.) is an American organization committed to helping kids and making friends all over the world by sharing the great game of baseball. Pitch In For Baseball collects and gives baseball equipment, and other assistance, to young people around the globe.

The U.S. and Curacao share a common passion for the game of baseball. Everyone involved in sending the donated baseball equipment to Curacao knew of Curacao primarily through their success at the Little League World Series and the accomplishments of Curacao born players in Major League Baseball. Special thanks go to the following people who helped to make this donation happen:

Mr. David Rhodes, Founder and Executive Director of Pitch In For Baseball

Mr. Tom Schoenfelder, Operations Manager, Pitch In For Baseball

Mr. Bobby McCaffrey, Assistant Director of Program Operations, Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation

Mr. David James, Director, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Program (RBI)

Mr. Kevin Moss, Administrator for Community Affairs, RBI

Mr. Michael Rzepczynksi, Country Attaché, DEA Curacao

Mr. Sergio Luna, Assistant Regional Director, DEA Caribbean Division