Rodney Green Jr.

University of California, Berkeley

With an eye for empowering the youth in his communities, Rodney Green Jr. (RJ) uses his platform as a college baseball player to give back. Through Loyal to My Soil, RJ works at youth camps and clinics geared towards re-engaging local youth with the game of baseball. With the Richmond (CA) Police Activities League, he helps with various events, including backpack giveaways, turkey drives, toy drives during the holidays, as well as volunteer umpiring for his hometown Richmond Little League. With The Black Neighborhood, an organization dedicated to providing safe spaces for black communities, Rodney has volunteered with food and clothing drives for the homeless and facilitates youth empowerment programs that promote wellness, connection, and progress.

Rodney was a team captain and one of the most consistent performers, both offensively and defensively, for the Cal Golden Bears in 2023. He started and played in all fifty-two games, hitting .293 with fifty-one runs, sixty-one hits, fourteen HR, thirty-eight RBI, thirty-two BB and twenty-nine stolen bases. RJ’s performance led to being named to the 2023 All Pac-12 First Team, the 2023 All Frisco Tournament Team, and he was selected to the 2023 United States Collegiate National Team.

“RJ is a beacon of hope for his community. His success has encouraged more kids locally to follow their academic and athletic dreams.”

—Noah Jackson, Associate Head Coach, University of California Berkeley