Aug. 24, 2007
Orlando, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - Tiffany Lane, a freshman on the UCF softball team, was a participant in the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program as a part of the Los Angeles Monarchs softball team this past year. The RBI program will be featured in a one-hour special produced by Major League Baseball Productions called The RBI Story: Driving Home the Values of Life presented by KPMG on Friday, August 24, on ESPN at 9 p.m.
The Moreno Valley, Calif., native signed a National Letter of Intent with the Knights in July after aiding her Canyon Springs High School team to a CIF-SS Division II semifinal softball contest for the first time in school history. The lead-off hitter posted a .521 batting average and led her team with a .607 on-base percentage and 23 stolen bases.
RBI, administered by Major League Baseball and sponsored by KPMG, annually provides as many as 120,000 boys and girls, primarily from diverse and underserved areas, with the opportunity to play baseball and softball. The program helps inner city children go to college and make it into the professional ranks.The RBI programs also feature educational and life skills components, including Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life, a multicultural character education program developed by Major League Baseball, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Quick SMART! (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) program.
The ESPN special will be hosted and narrated by RBI alumnus and Boston Red Sox outfielder Coco Crisp and will feature the experiences of three current RBI players. Dontrell Willis, C.C. Sabathia, Carl Crawford and University of Tennessee softball player Kenora Posey will also be part of the program.
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