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NY Inner-city Baseball Program Aims to Break Cycle of Poverty

The East Harlem community in New York City is celebrating the 25-year anniversary of a program dedicated to helping inner-city students succeed and break the neighborhood’s long-standing cycle of poverty.
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Ian Morales, a rising sixth-grader, pitches for the Cooper Pilots at Harlem RBI’s Field of Dreams. Cooper beat South Bronx, 7-6, in the 2016 summer championship final, New York, Aug. 12, 2016.
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Ian Morales, a rising sixth-grader, pitches for the Cooper Pilots at Harlem RBI’s Field of Dreams. Cooper beat South Bronx, 7-6, in the 2016 summer championship final, New York, Aug. 12, 2016.

Marilyn Morales cheers on her son Ian from the stands at the Harlem RBI Field of Dreams, New York, Aug. 12, 2016.
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Marilyn Morales cheers on her son Ian from the stands at the Harlem RBI Field of Dreams, New York, Aug. 12, 2016.

The Harlem RBI scoreboard, located in the outfield, requires manual adjustments, New York, Aug. 12, 2016.
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The Harlem RBI scoreboard, located in the outfield, requires manual adjustments, New York, Aug. 12, 2016.

Taina Figueroa, a rising eighth-grader and star Harlem RBI player, watches the 2016 summer championship game, in New York, Aug. 12, 2016.
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Taina Figueroa, a rising eighth-grader and star Harlem RBI player, watches the 2016 summer championship game, in New York, Aug. 12, 2016.

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