On Sunday, June 25th, a group of both young and veteran members of the RBI community volunteered to clean up the Indianapolis Speedrome to raise funds for the Indianapolis RBI league. Speedrome is a 1/5 mile, asphalt, and oval 8 racetrack that hosts Late Model, Figure 8, Stock Car, Demolition Derbies and other various racing events.
“RBI was out here today doing some community service and raising some money for their league,” Shelley Bates, head of concessions and trash detail at Speedrome said. “The socialization is great, it’s a great relationship. Besides the fact that they (RBI) are helping keep this track clean and keeping it a friendly, fun, family environment its also teaching these young men about reducing their carbon footprint and recycling,” she continued.
Among the people that made it out to help clean up was Bob Haney, the head of Baseball Operations for RBI baseball.
“Today here at Speedrome we came and we cleaned up trash and it took us about two hours. All the money that we’ll make today will go right back to the program to help pay for umpire cost, equipment, whatever we need to pay the bills to keep these kids playing,” Haney said. “It’s a big deal here, it helps us. We probably didn’t make thousands of dollars but we made some hundreds and every little bit helps.”
Cleaning up Speedrome wasn’t the first and it won’t be the last fundraising event the RBI community signs up for. Fundraising is key for RBI Indianapolis to keep the cost of play affordable for the kids in the program. Megan Tillberry, president of the Garfield Park RBI league was also present at the event. “Fundraisers like this one today are very important. We only charge the kids 25 dollars to play and that only pays for their uniforms,” she continued.
“Everybody knows how expensive baseball is and these fundraisers put the money in to buy equipment, make our fields and dugouts look better. It helps us buy trophies and medals and the things that make the kids excited. It also helps us taking them on outings like regional tournaments where they travel to different states. These fundraisers are important, we need that money.”