KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Sandra Almaraz, a mother of three, has been involved with the Reviving Baseball in the Inner City Program for about five years.
She said the RBI Program has been a bright light in her children’s lives.
“My husband has kidney failure. So, it is a big distraction for them to understand that no matter what happens at home, you are still a kid,” Almaraz said.
Saturday, members of the RBI Program and UMKC School of Medicine students provided free sports physicals to hundreds of youth.
The physicals allow the students to participate in the RBI Program and many other team sports offered by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City.
“Reviving Baseball in the Inner City is a program that has now been adopted by Major League Baseball to bring back the interest of baseball in Kansas City. We tell people, it's not just baseball, it's life,” said Phil Harris with the RBI Program.
During the physical exams, UMKC Medical Students also examined the students for other health issues.
“During that gap between 6 to 12 years, unless they are ill, they really don't see a doctor. This gives us an opportunity to screen them and identify areas that may be a concern that they need to have addressed by a doctor,” said Dr. George Harris with the UMKC School of Medicine.
Over the last four years, more than 80 youth who were part of the RBI Program have gone on to attend college.
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