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What better gift to give on #GivingTuesday than the gift of baseball? For $25, you can give that gift to a local boy or girl in the form of Little League baseball or softball.
Cleveland Indians Charities introduced its “Catch 25” campaign earlier this season, and has raised thousands of dollars to fund baseball or softball for Cleveland youth.
And as the nation’s attention turns to Giving Tuesday, there still is time to donate for more kids to have the opportunity to play in 2014.
“Cleveland Indians Charities embraces its responsibility to serve and is dedicated to shaping children’s lives through the games of baseball and softball,” said REBECCA KODYSH, the Indians Executive Director of Community Impact. “These contributions make a major impact on the lives of Cleveland-area children.”
To donate, visit Indians.com/Catch25. To ensure secure transactions, an Indians.com user name and password are necessary to donate. For those wishing to donate but who do not have an Indians.com account, signing up is easy at Indians.com.
The Catch 25 campaign reflects the continued commitment of Cleveland Indians Charities to the Indians organization’s four Guiding Commitments, one of which is to positively impact the community and provide essential opportunities to Cleveland-area youth.
Established in 1989, CIC partners with groups in Northeast Ohio to jointly create and execute youth educational and recreational opportunities. These programs help young people learn to play the game of baseball, develop necessary life skills, learn responsibility, and develop confidence to face today’s hurdles.
Through the years, CIC has raised money at a variety of fundraising events and is aided by the generosity of donors including Cleveland Indians players, coaches, fans, Front Office personnel and corporate partners.
Since 1989, CIC has donated nearly $9 million to youth-oriented agencies and organizations of Northeast Ohio, including a $1 million donation last April to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland’s “Save the Kids” campaign. Additionally, high school baseball and softball in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District are alive only because of the multi-million-dollar commitment made by the Indians organization.
Thirty members of the Indians front office spent Thursday out of the office on Cleveland’s East Side, helping rehabilitate two homes in conjunction with Rebuilding Together.
One home, owned by a special education teacher at Cleveland’s Glenville High School, got a fresh coat of paint on trim and dormers, plus improvements to drywall and floors on the interior. Downspouts and gutters also were repaired.
The other home is owned by a woman named Gloria who uses the adjacent lot to raise a garden, whose wares she sells at a farmer’s market. Her home got new paint on the interior, plus some improvements to the rear of the home’s siding and porch areas.
“This is usually one of the most popular events we participate in for our employees,” said Justin Sherman, coordinator of the Tribe’s Community Outreach department. “To get out in the community and make a tangible difference in people’s lives is a great feeling.”
The effort was part of the Indians commitment to the Cleveland and Northeast Ohio communities. Through the organization’s Community Outreach department, each member of the Indians front volunteers at various activities throughout each year, including Rebuilding Together.
Additionally, through Cleveland Indians Charities, the Indians have raised millions of dollars to support various youth activities, including complete funding of Cleveland Metropolitan School District baseball and softball and supporting Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities and more.
Rebuilding Together is a a national nonprofit with a network of nearly 225 affiliates across the United States; its mission is to preserve affordable housing by bringing volunteers, organizations and communities together to restore the home of low-income homeowners. Homeowners are chosen through an application process.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
It’s been a whirlwind nine months for the Cleveland Indians organization, starting in October with Terry Francona and ending on Sunday with the Tribe’s sixth series sweep of the 2013 season, over Kansas City.
Having won four in a row, the Indians entered the All-Star break with two representatives, Jason Kipnis and Justin Masterson, in New York and a 51-44 record, good enough for second place in the AL Central. Detroit leads and is 1½ games ahead.
Given a few days to take a breather, here are some of our picks for the club’s most memorable moments of the first half:
Nick Swisher orchestrates Harlem Shake: Tribe Town 216 Edition – To say this one went viral would be an understatement. Personally, we loved Terry’s dancing the best, as did most of you!
April 10: Mariano Rivera meets Indians staff in Yankees’ final visit to Progressive Field – Or, what we thought was their final visit. In his season-long farewell tour, Rivera insisted on meeting with longtime staff members at each club the Yanks visited. They returned to Cleveland on May 13 to make up rainouts, but Rivera showed he’s a class act by fielding questions from longtime Indians employees.
April 12: Swisher’s walkoff single – Already beloved in Cleveland after signing in December, Swisher’s walkoff single gave the Indians a 1-0 victory over the White Sox at Progressive Field on a cold Friday night. It also clinched the first of three complete-game shutouts in the first half by Masterson – and provided a fantastic highlight after Swisher did his best airplane imitation.
Cleveland Indians Charities, Cleveland Baseball Federation and Progressive Field played host to the East Regional Tournament championship games in the RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) World Series on Monday.
Twelve teams will competed in three divisions: Junior Baseball (13-15 year olds); Senior Baseball (16-18 year olds); and Softball (19 and under), with the baseball championship games being played at the ballpark Monday.
Winners from each division in the RBI Regionals, local tournaments in eight designated areas around the country (Central, East, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and West) and the Caribbean, will have earned berths to participate in the championship tournaments.
RBI is a main beneficiary of Cleveland Indians Charities, which is in its 25th year. Since 1989, CIC has donated nearly $9 million to youth-oriented agencies and organizations of Northeast Ohio. Additionally, high school baseball and softball in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District are alive only because of the multi-million-dollar commitment made by the Indians organization.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
Cleveland Indians Charities played host to its annual CIC Celebrity Golf Classic at Quail Hollow Country Club on Thursday, with nearly 300 golfers taking part in 18 holes on the club’s Weiskopf and Devlin courses.
Here are some sights and sounds from our team on the course:
Off to a rocking start
Andy Bell stood on the Weiskopf Course’s No. 16, a 163-yard Par 3, with an ominous sign standing next to the tee box. It said: “$10,000 for a hole in one.”
And then his tee shot, with a 6-iron, bounced twice and dropped in. A fun day for the Canfield, Ohio, native and guest of sponsor Yuengling.
It was his second career hole-in-one, the other in league play in 1996. He’d played in the event a few times before, including with Dave Burba . The celebrity in his group this year was former reliever Mike Jackson.
Bell also won closest-to-the-pin on the 16th, too, obviously. That prize was a signed picture of Justin Masterson. He then was interviewed by Fox 8.
All in all, not a bad day.
Terry Francona, asked before the round how he would play, said he’d play OK. Every time I saw him, he was all over the flagstick.
He even found time to give his old buddy and Tribe third base coach Brad Mills some putting tips on the 12th. Check out this Vine of the lesson.
Part of my role at the event Thursday was to assist Bruce Drennan and his “All Bets are Off” crew line up interviews with various celebrities in the morning and follow him for good chunks of his round.
It’s a pressure-packed role: Last year, Drennan reportedly nailed two eagles in a row – but his crew missed it. According to a witness, “The outrage on the first eagle was high; on the second, the outrage was out of control.”
This year, we caught up with the group midway through their round, just in time for Drennan to get a fortuitous bounce on his approach on the eighth to about 20 feet below the hole. Each member of the group missed the putt.
Later, Drennan said his group used his drive, his approach and his putt early on the back nine … and we were filming another group. Oops.
Ron Soeder, president of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, one of the main beneficiaries of Cleveland Indians Charities, was on hand for the post-event festivities. With him was Darius Ellison, the Boys and Girls Clubs Youth of the Year, and Ellison gave a moving speech to the crowd of over 250 golfers about what the club and CIC has meant to him.
Ellison will attend Eastern Michigan University in the fall.
One golfer, who played in Corey Kluber’s group, was upset during the post-event announcements when longest drive awards were handed out.
The gentleman swore that Kluber, who’s allowed just one run in his last 16 innings pitched, was bombing the ball at least 350 yards.
We’ll follow up with Corey to confirm or deny.
Indians staff all played really, really well
I asked many members of the Tribe’s staff how they played at Quail, and most of them dishonestly said, “really well.” Only Premium Seating Sales Account Executive Jeff Kauzlarich told the truth: “I played awful, but I had a lot of fun.”
Also: Ryan Robbins, our Director of Premium Seating, never listened to his mom’s sunscreen lectures.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
The Cleveland Indians face the Cincinnati Reds in the Battle for Ohio May 27th through May 30th — and now you can get in on the competition too!
Through our partnership with Bob Evans, we will be holding a fundraiser on May 28th and 29th for Cleveland Indians Charities. Any person that brings in a flyer (either paper or on their phone – see the image below) 15% of their bill will go to CIC.
The money raised will be donated in a check presentation prior to the game against the Washington Nationals on Father’s Day.
Find more information on how CIC makes a difference in the lives of children growing up in our community by clicking here.
The Indians introduced Outfielder Michael Bourn as the newest member of the team today in an afternoon press conference at the club’s Spring Training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. The Bourn signing was made official Friday, as he signed a 4-year contract, with a club option for the 2017 season.
Bourn, Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti, and Bourn’s agent Scott Boras were on hand at the press conference and explained how the signing came together, and their plans for 2013 and beyond.
New Indians Outfielder Michael Bourn:
On signing for the Indians…
“I want to thank the Dolan family for giving me the opportunity to play in Cleveland, and be a part of their organization, and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity. It was a long off-season for me, but it was fun, and it was an experience. It taught me patience – it taught me a lot – but it was interesting. I landed in the spot I think that I wanted, and that was my main focus – somebody that wants me, somebody that’s committed to me, and I’m committed to them. And I’m ready to rock and roll here for them.
On where he was expecting to sign…
“Every team was on my radar when the process began, so yes [the Indians] were on my radar. I knew they were trying to compete, and any team that’s trying to compete, I’m with them. Like you said, I’m a competitor. That’s what my father taught me since I was little, so any team that’s trying to win, I want to be a part of.
“I had a good supporting cast with my mom, my dad, my girlfriend, my little boy; he always keeps a smile on my face. It was just something I had to go through, a process I had to just let unfold. I feel like I landed in a place that wants me, a place I want to be, a place with a lot of talent that has a chance to do some good things.”
On playing in an outfield with Michael Brantley and Drew Stubbs:
“Yes of course, you always want to be next to people that can play it out, I come from that with Martin [Prado] and [Jason] Heyward. I think with this one I have even more speed out there, both of those players can run, they run just like I run, so it will be exciting to watch.”
Ever wonder how an autographed or game-used item is deemed “authentic” by Major League Baseball and its clubs?
Well, for those in the market for such an item, there is a small sticker to look for on each item which guarantees its authenticity. Each club in MLB has a group of official Authenticators, whose job is to keep track of autographed and game-used items to confirm that they are genuine.
Linda Kaspar is one of four authenticators assigned to the Indians. One authenticator is required to be on hand at each game, and Kaspar rotates with her colleagues to split up the 81 home games.
“We have to be present,” she explained. “We have to witness everything that is either signed or comes off the field as it comes off the field to make sure that it’s valid, and the person signing it is the real person.”
Kaspar, like many of her co-workers, is a retired Cleveland Police Officer, and she has worked in this role with the Indians for the past five seasons.
“I happened to know somebody that was going for an interview for an authenticator [position], and they needed more people so I was asked to come to the interview and I got hired,” said Kaspar.
These authenticated items are often an important fundraising source for charity organizations that wish to raise money by selling similar items. Having the official sticker to mark an item’s legitimacy is an important way to protect both fans and the charity organizations.
Cleveland Indians Charities uses the money raised through a series of auctions to fund programs such as the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s baseball and softball programs, as well as making a significant annual donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland.
Currently, there are several authenticated items available through the Indians official online auction, with proceeds from each benefiting CIC and its partner programs.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the current auction items.
The Indians partnered with Our Lady of the Wayside, Rising Star, and the Strike Force Baseball Academy to host a Dream Day Experience at Progressive Field yesterday for a group of baseball fans with developmental disabilities.
The group completed a series of baseball activities focused on different aspects of the sport, including pitching and fielding drills, and a unique batting practice in the outfield. Jonathan Schulz is a coach at the Strike Force Baseball Academy and served as Camp Director for the day, after helping to plan the event with the Indians over the last eight months.
“The idea was to make everyone seem like they were a pro today,” said Schulz. “Regardless of age, regardless of ability level – just to come out and have fun with smiles and laughter – everybody is just having a blast, and that’s the most we can ask for.”
After being approached by Schulz about the Dream Day event, the Indians reached out to Our Lady of the Wayside – a long-time partner of the organization that works to enrich the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities – to gauge their interest in participating.
“We have a lot of individuals that we care for who are huge Tribe fans, so it took about a minute to get the number of people that we needed to complete the day,” said Meg Downey – the Director of Specialized Services at Wayside. “Our partner in this is Rising Star, and they take care of children with Cerebral Palsy. They were able to bring some of the kids down and I can’t tell you how grateful we are.”
Earlier this summer, the Indians partnered with Majestic Steel to host a group from the “Up to Bat” program at Progressive Field, and the club hopes to hold similar events in the future. Dream Day participants and organizers agreed they would welcome another opportunity to play on the major league diamond.
Schulz concluded, “[It’s great] to come out here after putting the details together over the last several months, and have it all culminate in today’s event. It is a first-time thing, and we hope to continue for years to come, and continue to grow.”
Indians manager Manny Acta is gearing up for the second annual Celebrity Bowling Charity Fundraiser that will take place August 23rd from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Corner Alley.
All fans are invited to purchase tickets to the event, which is run by Cleveland Indians Charities and the ImpACTA Kids Foundation.
Acta has invited the entire Cleveland Indians team as well as the New York Yankees team, which will be in town to face the Tribe.
“We’re very happy to be able to have our second event. I hope we’re able to get support because it goes to a very good cause. Our players have been very supportive of it, and they’re going to be supportive of it again,” Acta said. “We’re going to have some fun. It’s a way for us to pay back our fans.”
Individual tickets can be purchased for $125.00, giving fans access to the celebrity bowling area, photograph and signing opportunities, the chance to win Bowl-with-Celebrity tickets, access to auction and raffle, fan giveaways, and dinner and two drink tickets.
Group VIP Sponsorship & Bowl with Celebrities offers a package of five tickets with exclusive access to the player VIP area for $5,000.00 ($1,000 per person). Fans purchasing this package also receive a special red carpet photograph with a celebrity, five free raffle tickets, dinner and open bar, a VIP gift bag, and complimentary VIP parking.
All proceeds will benefit Cleveland Indians Charities, ImpACTA Kids Foundation (see photos above), and Mission Possible.
Acta said he encourages fans to support those in need in the Cleveland area and in the Dominican Republic.
“Support the event, not only because it’s a great cause, but also because it’s an opportunity to see our players up-close and be able to chat with some of them and take pictures,” he said. “Also, because helping needy kids is very important in our lives. Baseball is our job, our passion, but it’s not everything we’re all about. Helping kids is a big part of our lives.”
-Megan Golden, TribeVibe contributor