On May 27 and 28, Cubs Charities facilitated graduation parades across the city for Cubs Scholars and Cubs RBI All-Stars who are graduating from high school this year.
The 20 graduates were surprised by a parade of decorated cars outside their homes led by Cubs associates, Toyota employees and Clark the Cub. Toyota donated vehicles for use in the parades.
Cubs Charities high school graduation parade
The grads also received a commencement speech video from Cubs Manager David Ross, a personalized photo of their names on the Wrigley Field Marquee, graduation tassels with a Cubs charm, gift bags from Toyota and Cubs Scholars grads received a Cubs stole.
Cubs Manager David Ross commencement speech
The Cubs RBI program is part of Major League Baseball’s RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) youth program designed to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball among underserved youth.
The Cubs Scholars program, which launched in 2013, offers Chicago inner-city high school students a $20,000 college scholarship and a Cubs College Prep mentorship program.