For the last eight months, Coaching for Literacy has been blessed to partner with the San Francisco Revitalizing Baseball in the Inner Cities Program (SF RBI). Using “an innovative and integrated reading, baseball and softball program,” San Francisco RBI tutors, instructs and supports kids in the classroom while also teaching crucial life lessons on the baseball field. They “provide targeted literacy instruction” to help underperforming kids read at or above grade level by the third grade. We have had two opportunities to participate in recent events with SF RBI:
- Early September of last year, through the commissioner’s initiative of Major League Baseball, we partnered with SF RBI to bring 150 of their students to a San Francisco Giants Baseball game.
- February 20th of this year, we again partnered with SF RBI and the University of San Francisco to do a Coaching for Literacy game at the USF vs. St. Mary’s basketball game (when USF snapped their 17 game losing streak against St. Mary’s).
This past week we were privileged to again come to San Francisco for the 3rd annual SF RBI Hall of Fame dinner. This trip was my first opportunity to see the tremendous job Jim Messemer and his incredible team is doing in the city of San Francisco. They had a great turnout for the event, and to see the appreciation the city of San Francisco has for SF RBI’s work was inspiring. Attendees included Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, and many other leaders and executives of successful enterprises in the Bay Area. All attendees were extremely engaging, supportive and thankful. The most entertaining part of the night was the Q&A with San Francisco Giant star pitcher, Matt Cain, a dedicated supporter of SF RBI.
The most impactful moment, though, was when two SF RBI kids spoke about how the program has positively impacted them. Their gratitude and the influence SF RBI has made in their lives offered a great testimony of the work done by Jim Messemer and his staff.
We look forward to our continued work with the people of San Francisco RBI and want to thank them all for their incredible hospitality. A special thanks to Jim and Debbie Messemer for opening their home to us, and we applaud their work and admire their heart for supporting and helping the children of San Francisco.
Jonathan Wilfong, Co-Founder of Coaching for Literacy