KANSAS CITY -- Major League Baseball announced Tuesday the teams that will be participating in the fourth annual Jr. RBI Classic, an event that gives hundreds of kids the opportunity to play baseball and softball during All-Star Week.
The Jr. RBI Classic is a round-robin tournament for 11- to 12-year-olds that will take place in Kansas City during All-Star Week from July 6-9.
Participants include a pair of local leagues -- KCK RBI from Kansas City, Kan., and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City RBI from Kansas City. Also, the tournament will include a Canadian league for the first time: the Toronto Blue Jays RBI.
Other participants include leagues from Atlanta (RBI Atlanta); Chicago (Union League Boys & Girls Club/Chicago Cubs RBI); Columbia, Tenn. (Boys & Girls Club of Maury County RBI); Hoboken, N.J. (Hoboken RBI); Long Beach, Calif. (Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach RBI); New Orleans (Crescent City RBI); Seattle (Boys & Girls Club of King County/Seattle Mariners RBI); and Tulsa, Okla. (World Baseball Outreach RBI).
The tournament's opening ceremony and skills clinic -- administered by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation -- will be held at Satchel Paige Stadium. Clark-Ketterman Athletic Complex and Cleveland Park will host the tournament's baseball games, while Cleveland Park and Rockhurst University will host softball games. All fields are located in Kansas City.
In addition to playing, participants in the Jr. RBI Classic will have the opportunity to attend the MLB All-Star FanFest, the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game and the State Farm Home Run Derby. The young players will also get the chance to meet the MLB All-Stars.
The Jr. RBI Classic will feature several connections to the Negro Leagues. Participants will be able to visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and players and coaches will wear patches featuring logos of the Negro Leagues teams.
"Each All-Star Week, the Jr. RBI Classic offers hundreds of young people in the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program an opportunity to interact and play with other kids from different parts of the United States and beyond," said David James, director of the RBI program. "Participants will also learn about the game's storied history at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, all the while growing as individuals from the lasting memories and new friendships they receive from this once-in-a-lifetime experience."
The RBI program provides the opportunity to play baseball and softball to more than 200,000 boys and girls in more than 200 cities around the world. All 30 MLB teams support RBI leagues.
Vinnie Duber is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.