May 26, 2011

Sports Medicine steps up to the plate for baseball charity

Sports Medicine steps up to the plate for baseball charity

Vanderbilt Sports Medicine is making every RBI count this summer at Nashville Sounds baseball games.

For each run batted in, Sports Medicine will donate $10 to Nashville RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), a non-profit organization that promotes inner-city children’s interest in baseball.

The funds will be used to purchase uniforms and equipment, and Vanderbilt Sports Medicine will host Nashville RBI participants at selectSounds games throughout the summer.

“Vanderbilt Sports Medicine is committed to keeping athletes healthy, but we wanted to go beyond that and support an organization that is giving local youth the opportunity to play sports,” said Charlie Cox, M.D., assistant professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and a team physician for the Nashville Sounds.

“Participating in sports is a great self-esteem booster for children and also the perfect way to learn about teamwork, fair play and good sportsmanship. We’re proud to partner with Nashville RBI and the Nashville Sounds to make this happen.”

RBI was founded in 1989 in South Central Los Angeles by former Major League Baseball player John Young, and the Nashville chapter was formed in 1996 with a grant from Major League Baseball. Nashville RBI now benefits more than 900 boys and girls ages 5 to 18.

“The boys and girls of Nashville RBI will directly benefit from Vanderbilt Sports Medicine’s generosity,” said John Ray Clemmons, chairman of Nashville RBI’s Board of Directors.

“As an organization, we are proud to be associated with the premiere sports medicine provider in the greater Nashville area. Our respective missions and services complement each other, and we hope this is the beginning of a long-term relationship from which the children of Nashville will continue to benefit.”

Vanderbilt Sports Medicine is the official sports medicine provider for the Nashville Sounds, the triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.