An Auction Benefitting RBI Austin
Softball legend and three-time Olympic medalist, Cat Osterman, is donating her cleats from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to raise money for RBI Austin kids. By placing a bid for her autographed cleats, you could not only win a piece of a special sports history but will invest in the lives of inner city Austin youth through year-round mentoring and accessible softball and baseball programs. The dirt is still fresh and so are the memories from the 2020 Olympics – place your bid today!
The auction will close on August 25th, 2021 at 3pm CT.
Every bid placed in the auction will enter you into a raffle to receive a personal video message from Cat Osterman herself. Winner of the raffle will be announced on August 26th, 2021 at 12pm CT and will be notified via text message.
About RBI Austin
RBI Austin exists to engage and develop inner-city Austin youth athletically, academically, and spiritually, empowering them to lead the transformation of their communities.
RBI Austin provides baseball and softball leagues, clinics, and year-round mentoring to underserved youth and communities. Since 2011, the disparity in team sports participation between kids from low-income and middle-class homes has grown drastically, but RBI Austin has grown from serving 118 kids in 2011 to more than 1,200 kids in 2020. 95 percent of participants come from low-income households. 65 percent of participants identify as Hispanic, 15 percent as African American, 14 percent as Caucasian, and 6 percent represent other backgrounds. RBI Austin’s baseball and softball leagues provide affordable and accessible team sports for boys and girls age 4 – 18. RBI Austin’s mentor program matches East Austin 4th graders with a caring mentor to invest in their lives through graduation and develop them into future leaders of their communities. Additionally, RBI Austin’s Player Discipleship Program provides group-based mentoring for middle school and high school students.
With the support of Cat Osterman and the Moody Foundation, the Cat Osterman Softball Academy will launch in Fall 2021 to provide year-round softball training, academic support, mentorship, and leadership development for middle and high school girls. The program will facilitate closing the athletic and education opportunity gaps for girls in low-income homes, who are half as likely to play a team sport than their more affluent peers.