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Chicago Cubs, American Airlines provide a special spring training trip

The Chicago Cubs partnered with American Airlines to provide a special trip to spring training. Credit: Chicago Cubs

How a youth baseball team from Chicago went to Arizona for spring training.

We’re just a week into the major-league baseball season has been cranked up for just over a

Combine a major-league baseball player who wants to make a difference for the youth in his city with the help of a major airline and you’ve got this story.

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo wanted to help out the RBI junior all-stars by flying the team to Arizona for spring training. American Airlines pitched in for the transportation.

If you ever had dreams of being a big-league ball player, you can imagine how great an experience it was for these youngsters to meet Cubs players and play a game on the team’s minor-league field.

RBI stands for Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities and is baseball’s program designed to promote the game of baseball to teenage boys and girls.

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Written by Wendell Barnhouse

Wendell Barnhouse is a veteran journalist with over 40 years of experience as a writer and an editor. For the last 30 years, he wrote about college sports but he has had an interest and curiosity about aviation since he was in grade school.

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