Cleveland Indians Charities continues to make substantial impact on Cleveland area
In 2015, the Cleveland Indians Community Impact team developed a strategic plan guiding the organization’s community focus. This plan provides Cleveland Indians Charities with a foundation to create and implement education and youth baseball programs to maximize our impact in the community. The Cleveland Indians Charities 2015 Community Annual Report summarizes the group’s impact in the community from the past year.
Preparing Youth for Success
The Indians hosted the club’s inaugural Career Day at Progressive Field on Jan. 28, inviting 80 students from Cleveland Metropolitan School District schools to learn about what goes on off the baseball field in a big-league organization. The students were exposed to the many different career paths available to them in a pro sports organization, from athletic training to ballpark operations and more. Learn more.
Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year
Zayllianny Mojica, a senior at Lincoln West High School, was named the 2015 Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. Mojica has been a club member since she was 12 years old and is involved in her club’s capstone program, which includes reading to children and helping them develop reading skills. Mojica received a $5,000 college scholarship from Cleveland Indians Charities that will go toward her education at Cleveland State University where she plans to major in social work. In an acceptance speech, she said, “Becoming a member of the Boys & Girls Club was the best thing that ever happened to [her] and [her] family.” Learn more about Cleveland Indians Charities Partnerships here.
On Wednesday, April 6, Corey and Amanda Kluber hosted the first Kluber’s Kids event in partnership with Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. The Klubers spent time with the special guest and family on the field before the game. During their pre-game experience, guests received goodie bags and an autographed jersey from Corey. Additionally, they enjoyed the game in the Club Level of Progressive Field with all-you-can-eat food. Kluber’s Kids takes place every Wednesday home game to provide memorable experiences for local children and families. More info.
Improving the Quality of Youth Baseball and Softball
Coaches Development Series
In March and April 2016, the Cleveland Indians held the club’s inaugural Coaching Development Series at Progressive Field. The Coaching Series is led by Cleveland native and former Major League Baseball player Matt Kata, and is designed to focus on developing basic fundamental skills and knowledge of the game, positive character traits and strengthening the love for the game and the Cleveland Indians.
This series was attended by 20 local youth baseball and softball coaches, including representatives from the City of Cleveland Recreation Centers. This three-part development series aids youth baseball and softball coaches, as well as parents and guardians of children ages 5-12, in discussing and teaching the principles of the Indians Youth Baseball Player Development model. Sessions included fundamentals of catching, fielding and throwing, hitting frameworks, and guest speakers from Positive Coaching Alliance and MLB’s Strength and Conditioning department. Each coach in attendance received practice plans and instructional videos on each area of development. More info here.
Creating a Sustainable Plan for Youth Baseball and Softball
Community Partners Program
Mo Vaughn Enterprises, Minute Men Staffing and Victory Park Ohio joined the Cleveland Indians Charities Community Partners program this year. The companies, along with original Community Partner MCPc, will support the Indians new community impact vision utilizing baseball to strengthen youth service initiatives that focus on education, health and fitness. This quartet of Community Partners will help the Indians work toward achieving the club’s goals of preparing youth for successful lives, while improving the quality of and creating a sustainable plan for baseball and softball programs in Greater Cleveland. The Community Partners program supports multiple initiatives including Tribe Scholars, Fields for the Future, Cleveland Baseball Federation and more! Learn more.
–TribeVibe contributor Hailey Ellis