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STRIPES provides opportunities for Memphis City School kids


In contrast to RBI which is a summer program, STRIPES (Sports Teams Returning In the Public Education System) runs during the school year. In 1992, funding for baseball and softball at the middle and junior high school levels was cut from the Memphis City School System's budget, something that shocked and saddened Memphis Redbirds co-founder Dean Jernigan, a former participant in youth baseball leagues in Memphis. "The lessons learned on the sandlots of Memphis can be extremely important in the formative years," he says.

In 1998, the Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation began the STRIPES program to replace that funding and for the first time in six years, children were afforded the opportunity to put on a baseball uniform, take the field and play ball.

Now each year over 1,000 boys and girls from almost 40 schools participate in STRIPES at schools throughout the city.

STRIPES Middle School Teams
Craigmont Geeter Airways
Frayser Colonial Havenview Corry
A. Maceo Walker Cordova J.P. Freeman Hickory Ridge
Oakhaven Lanier Longview Hamilton
Raleigh-Egypt Kirby Humes Vance
Treadwell Ridgeway Riverview Sherwood
Trezevant White Station Cypress Snowden
Chickasaw Wooddale Westwood
STRIPES Junior High Teams
Bellevue, East, Fairview, Georgian Hills

For more information on the STRIPES Program, contact us at (901) 722-0245.