Click here for photos from the annual RBI CLUB dinner held on January 26, 2010. Thank you, Tommy LaVergne!
The RBI CLUB, which stands for Rice Baseball Insider, is the Sports Interest Group of the Rice Athletics Fund that supports the Rice baseball program through financial contributions. Funds raised by the RBI CLUB cover approved costs for team meals and items such as team apparel as well as pay for approved Baseball projects including field improvements and extra equipment. The RBI CLUB helps the coaches provide needed extras that allow the program to be viewed as second to no other school. Also, it helps create an excellent team atmosphere. Therefore, RBI CLUB membership is a wonderful way to play a part in the program.
The cost of joining the RBI CLUB has no upper limits. Membership dues are $1,000 or more per year for those 30 years of age or older and $500 or more per fiscal year for those under 30 years of age. This annual payment allows you and one guest to attend the Club functions, including a wonderful annual Club Dinner with all the coaches and players held right before the season starts. A real highlight each year! You get to meet every coach and player at this function. And, you get to get to hear the wisest Owl of all, Coach Graham, discuss his view of the approaching season. Also, at the end of Fall Ball, the Club hosts a team Bar-B-Que where you meet next year's team. Finally, all members receive very nice team apparel identifying you as a Club member.
A personal note from RUBPA board members Steven Herce and Austin Davis:
"The RBI CLUB was formed half-way through our tenure at Rice and the difference was incredible. When we traveled to San Jose, California, before the RBI CLUB we stayed in a very nice Embassy Suites with a Denny's across the street. There was not another restaurant within walking distance. We would play a 7:00 game and get back to the hotel around 10:45, at which point we were cut loose until our midnight curfew. The entire team headed over the Denny's."
"Once the money raised by the RBI CLUB was paying for team meals, we would return at 10:45 from our 7:00 game and shower up and head to Chili's for a team meal. Forgetting the nutritional benefits for a minute, these team meals contributed greatly to team chemistry as well."
To join, please make your check payable as follows:
Rice Athletic Fund - RBI CLUB
Mark the memo line Rice Baseball - RBI CLUB
Rice University Baseball
MS 547 POB 1892
Houston, Texas 77251
Attn: Daniel Watson, Director of Baseball Operations
To learn more about the RBI CLUB or to have specific questions answered, please contact RUBPA and we will see that your questions are answered. Or, you can contact RBI CLUB board member Greg Thielemann at firstname.lastname@example.org
TAX DEDUCTIBLE: Please note that your donation will be tax deductible minus the value of the benefits assigned to your giving level. You can waive the benefits, skip the banquet, and receive the entirety of your contribution as a tax credit. Please contact Daniel Watson by email or phone at 713 348-8864 for more information.