New York Yankees first baseman, Mark Teixeira, announced that he has made a $1 million donation to East Harlem charity Harlem RBI, and he is calling on his fans to help raise additional funds through his Dream Team campaign.
The fundraising campaign will help the organization build a state-of-the-art facility for the children that Harlem RBI and its partner DREAM Charter School serve each year. The groundbreaking project will include a 450-seat public charter school facility, a new community center, 87 units of low income housing and a rebuilt public park, and will serve as a model of urban development in one of New York City’s toughest neighborhoods. Fans of the four-time Gold Glove Award winner will be able to take part in this exciting campaign by joining Teixeira’s Dream Team online or via text.
“I’ve seen firsthand how Harlem RBI and DREAM Charter School are making dreams real for East Harlem kids. I’m calling on my fans to help build a home and resource for this vibrant community,” said Teixeira. “When fans donate to my Dream Team, they will also have the opportunity to spend part of the day with me at Yankee Stadium.”
Harlem RBI, an academic and baseball/softball program which focuses youth on gaining college acceptance, recently opened a DREAM Charter School in 2008. Teixeira joined the Harlem RBI Board of Directors in 2010 and has gotten to know the organization’s work by participating in workshops and programs with Harlem RBI’s youth, motivating them to reach their potential and realize their dreams. Harlem RBI is part of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program, which is the Major League Baseball youth initiative designed to provide opportunities to play baseball and softball, to encourage academic success and to teach the value of teamwork and other important life lessons to underserved young people, ages 5 to 18, from urban communities.
Nine lucky donors to the fundraising campaign will be selected to have lunch with Teixeira, along with a behind-the-scenes tour of Yankee Stadium, on-field recognition with Teixeira and suite tickets to a Yankees game. Interested fans can visit www.dreamteam25.org to join Teixeira’s Dream Team or text “RBI” to 50555 to make a $10 donation to the campaign. Teixeira will personally document the campaign’s progress on his new social media sites, which include a Facebook fan page site, www.facebook.com/teixeiramark25 and his Twitter account, @teixeiramark25.