Happy Holidays from the Cleveland Indians Community Impact team
2015 was an exciting year as we designed our Community Impact Strategic Plan to guide the charitable efforts of the organization for the next three to five years.
This past year, we launched and executed many events to help achieve our mission of utilizing baseball to strengthen youth through service initiatives focused on education, health and fitness. Please look out for our 2015 Community Report highlighting the impact we have made on our community over the past year. Below you will find a few highlights as we head into 2016.
Cleveland Indians Holiday Volunteering
As part of the Cleveland Indians organizational commitment to “Positively Impacting the Community”, front office employees annually volunteer at local nonprofit organizations throughout the holiday season. This year, more than 130 front office volunteers committed nearly 350 service hours and provided four families with gifts for the holidays. Volunteers packed and prepared food at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, served our annual Thanksgiving Meal at Progressive Field, and participated in The Centers for Families and Children’s “Adopt A Family” program.
Additionally, Terry Francona donated $5,000 to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, which equates to 20,000 meals for those in need. The donation was packed at Discount Drug Mart on Friday and delivered to the Food Bank.
- See the video above for highlights, and click on the links below for more coverage on our volunteer events!
To achieve our primary goal of preparing youth for successful lives, we have launched our new Tribe Scholars program aimed at encouraging middle school academic achievement. Through partnerships with Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) and local schools, the Cleveland Indians will reward students for grade improvement in English/Language Arts, consistent attendance, and good behavior with Indians tickets and experiences during the 2015-2016 school year. This new program is implemented at the classroom level by teachers and administrators.
In addition, we will be unveiling the inaugural Cleveland Indians Career Day on Thursday, January 28th, 2016. This exciting new program will provide CMSD high school baseball and softball athletes with an opportunity to explore various career paths within the sports industry. Students will be exposed to 10 different departments in the Indians front office, participate in a resume building workshop, and have the opportunity to return later in the year for a full job shadow experience in a department of their choice.
As a baseball company, we strive to improve the quality of youth baseball and softball programs in Cleveland. The Cleveland Indians in partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance are providing coaching workshops to Cleveland Baseball Federation (CBF) and CMSD baseball and softball coaches. We will host a youth baseball clinic at Progressive Field during MLB’s Play Ball weekend on Saturday May 14th and a mini camp at Historic League Park on July 5th,6th and 7th.Youth from the Cleveland Baseball Federation and the Boys and Girls Clubs will be invited to participate.
To ensure our youth programs continue to be impactful, we are working to create a sustainable plan for youth baseball and softball. We are identifying a select handful of Northeast Ohio companies to become Cleveland Indians Charities Community Partners. This new program focuses on innovative cause-related marketing that puts the spotlight on Community Impact. A portion of each sponsorship will directly support our youth programs. For more information on this program , please contact Penny Forster at email@example.com.