(SUCCESS ACHIEVED IN FUTURE ENVIRONMENTS)
A 501(c)3 Non Profit Organization
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The ball parks located at 5325 Parallel Parkway better known as Wyandotte County 3&2 sat dormant for
almost 10 years until 2008, when Success Achieved In Future Environments (herein referred to as
S.A.F.E.), a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization, gained ownership of the complex.
WyCo 3 & 2 was once a long standing fixture of the Kansas City, Kansas community and served as the
cornerstone facility for baseball in the inner city. The stadium is centrally-located along a major
thoroughfare within the city – at 5325 Parallel Pkwy – and for nearly 50 years it was a gathering place for
the community with daily baseball practices and games, including hosting tournaments for teams from
across the Midwest. There have been seven players that progressed from the Wyco 3 & 2 fields to play
Major League baseball. They are: Neil Allen, Larry Drew, David Segui, Ray Sadecki, Steve Renko, Jr, Kevin
Young and Damian Rolls. Sadecki, Renko, Young and Rolls all had the privilege of playing for our own
Kansas City Royals organization. There were also multiple players that went on to play Division I or Junior
College baseball. Unfortunately, a decade of vacancy took its toll on the fields, and as the crime and the
rust and the weeds moved in, baseball moved out.
On May 30th, 2009 S.A.F.E held its first registration for the newly formed S.T.I.C.K.S (Support Towards Inner
City Kids) Little League Baseball program. Over 150 metro area youth registered to play summer baseball,
the age groups ranged from 3-18. The S.T.I.C.K.S Little League program became the only baseball
program within Kansas City Kansas to offer summer baseball to players ages 14-18.
In December of 2009, Major League baseball granted Success Achieved in Future Environments a RBI
(presented by KPMG) Chapter under the jurisdiction of KCK RBI Executive Director Cle Ross.
Currently several Kansas City Kansas High Schools do not have a home baseball field and several of the
schools do not play night games due to the fact that they do not have any lights. Whereas, Wyandotte
County 3&2 is in a central location for all high schools who would have an interest in playing baseball.
There are batting cages on the property that we have been able to get back up and running(using a
generator). The cages have three stalls and throw softballs and baseballs at either fast or slow pitching
speeds. In addition to baseball, several Kansas City Kansas High Schools do not offer a softball program
so the renovation of Wyandotte County 3&2 would provide a location for girls who attend those schools the
opportunity to play organized softball.
What is RBI?
Reviving Baseball in the Inner City (RBI) was founded in South Central Los Angeles in 1989 by former
Major Leaguer John Young. Young set out to overcome obstacles – such as crime and a lack of funding for
fields and equipment – that prevented inner city kids from learning and excelling at the game of baseball.
More importantly, Young wanted to use participation in baseball as a means to overcome academic and
social disadvantages most inner city kids face. The result was a program that not only taught solid,
fundamental baseball, but also promoted academic achievement and social responsibility as a
requirement for participation. RBI hosts coaches’ seminars for instructors and administrators. The
seminars cover on-field skills and discuss social skills that help young players cope with outside
pressures. The RBI program at Success Achieved In Future Environments (S.A.F.E.) provides Kansas City
Kansas boys and girls, ages 3-18, with the opportunity to play organized baseball and softball, while
teaching teamwork, leadership and life skills. Since 2010, the program has been provided locally by
(S.A.F.E.) in partnership with the Kansas City Royals and KCK Parks & Recreation.
•From 2010 to the present, the KCK RBI program has grown from approximately 6 youth, to nearly 700.
•Since 2010, the KCK RBI program has given more than 1,600 urban boys and girls the opportunity to
learn the sport of baseball/softball and important life skills in a safe supervised environment.
•Every year, the KCK RBI program sends teams to the regional playoffs where they have the opportunity to
qualify for the RBI World Series. In 2011, KCK RBI was the only team at the RBI Central Regional located
in Saint Louis to represent the KC Royals. In 2012, KCK RBI had 18 (the classic 18) league participants
and countless coaches and volunteers participate in the 2012 MLB All Star Week & Jr. RBI Classic.
League Growth to Date
S.T.I.C.K.S Litttle League Baseball
155 baseball players
315 baseball players
428 baseball players and
40 softball players
603 baseball players and
76 softball players
From the Executive
As a child, I was fortunate to have the
opportunity to play little league baseball on a
competitive level. This was due to the
support of a strong single mother and
several select individuals in the community
who not only recognized my talent, but also
took special and direct interest in developing
it. Our partnership with Major League
Baseball was created in an effort to provide
the same type of support I received as a child
to local youths ages 3 to 18 in Kansas City
Kansas and metro surrounding areas. I
understand that many inner-city parents are
turned off by baseball because of the
finances required for the game, but I also am
aware that if I am able to minimize player
fees, provide the necessary equipment and
provide proper fields as well as training
facilities, the rewards children experience will
last a lifetime. Baseball not only created a
financial opportunity for me to receive a
college education, but it also helped cultivate
a disciplined, determined and secure
self-identity. My goal is to guide as many
inner-city youth as possible to college by
teaching them leadership and the
fundamentals of baseball.