Danny and David Mantle Present “The Mickey Mantle Award of Excellence” to Josh Beckett

Houston, TX – January 19, 2008: Danny and David Mantle (along with their families) were present at the Recycled Baseball Items (RBI) Annual Awards Dinner here tonight.

rbi-logoOver 750 supporters attended the event, which was held at the Westin Galleria Hotel in Houston. David and Danny are shown here presenting the “Mickey Mantle Award of Excellence” to Josh Beckett. This is the first year for this award which is to become an annual tradition at the event.

Josh Beckett (Boston Red Sox) presented the “Josh Beckett Award” to six high school baseball/softball players of the year. David Aardsma (Chicago White Sox) presented the “David Aardsma Award” to three college baseball/softball players of the year. Josh and David are both products of the Houston area.

Baseball coaching legend, Charlie Maiorana, presented the “Charlie Maiorana Award” to the high school baseball and softball coaches of the year. The RBI Foundation Awards Dinner is the only one of its kind that recognizes outstanding female athletes in addition to male athletes.

The RBI Foundation is a 501c3 organization that collects used baseball/softball equipment, refurbishes it and distributes to inner city children in the Greater Houston Area to help keep them off the streets, out of gangs and off drugs. The Foundation also grants scholarships to local area students who are involved in the great sport of baseball.

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