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Cleveland Indians Charities

Cleveland Indians Charities

Established in 1989, CIC is a self-sustaining charitable organization that concentrates on creative partnerships with select organizations in the community. Through fundraising, CIC provides the opportunity 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 more than $10 million to youth-oriented agencies and organizations of Northeast Ohio.

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CIC has established relationships with several local organizations that focus on youth education and youth recreation. The following organizations benefit from a continued partnership with CIC:

  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District High School Baseball and Softball Programs
  • Cleveland Baseball Federation, Larry Doby Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Program (RBI)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland

Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Cleveland Metropolitan School District

When the Dolan family heard that the CMSD baseball and softball programs would be cut due to lack of funding in 2004, they immediately stepped in to offer assistance. More than ten years and $2.6 million later, the Cleveland Indians continue to fund all high school baseball and softball programs.

Cleveland Baseball Federation
Cleveland Baseball Federation

Each year, the Cleveland Indians partnership with Cleveland Baseball Federation helps give more than 3,000 children in the City of Cleveland the opportunity to play baseball or softball at no cost. The support also helps cover the expense of participation in MLB's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program for Cleveland youth.

Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland
Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland

Following a gift of $1 million in 2012, the Cleveland Indians continued to support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland through financial, in-kind and volunteer efforts. In 2014, Nick Swisher and CIC donated $90,000, which helped support youth programs including:

  • SMART (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) Girls - A program designed to encourage healthy lifestyles for adolescent girls.
  • SPARK - An initiative that helps underperforming first-, second- and third-graders improve reading skills.
  • Passport to Manhood - A program concentrating on specific aspects of character and manhood.

The Indians also donated hundreds of game tickets as well as the annual Thanksgiving Day meal at Progressive Field for kids and their families.

Diamond Improvement Grant Program
Diamond Improvement Grant Program

More than $200,000 donated to date: For the purposes of field renovation and upkeep, ClC developed the Diamond Improvement Grant to assist baseball and softball fields important to local communities. From 2008 to 2014, the Cleveland Indians have donated more than $200,000 to 39 local youth baseball field renovation projects. The 2014 Diamond Improvement Grant recipients were:

  • Forest Hills Park
  • Walton Hills Diamond
  • Edinburg Township Fire Department
  • Bohlken Park Baseball Diamond
  • Normandy Baseball
  • Calvin Park

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