The Cleveland Indians announced Tuesday that Mo Vaughn Transport, Minute Men Staffing and Victory Park Ohio are joining the club's 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 its 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.
"These partners will play a pivotal role in helping us enrich the lives of children in Greater Cleveland, while also helping us improve the quality of baseball and softball programs and infrastructure in the city," Indians Executive Director of Community Impact Rebecca Kodysh said.
With support from these Community Partners, the Indians have introduced two new programs to help prepare youth for successful lives:
- New this year, Tribe Scholars promotes youth education in underserved inner-city and inner-ring suburban schools by offering unique baseball experiences to students who strive for academic excellence.
- Career Day at Progressive Field invites Cleveland Baseball Federation and Cleveland Metropolitan School District baseball and softball players to visit the Indians Executive Offices, where they are exposed to various departments required to run a baseball organization.
On the field, the Tribe and the club's Community Partners will partner on initiatives to improve the quality of youth baseball and softball in Cleveland. Those initiatives include Fields for the Future, a program on which the Indians, Community Partners, the city of Cleveland and Business Volunteers Unlimited improve fields that are in poor condition and heavily used. Tribe catcher Yan Gomes will continue to serve as the spokesperson for the Fields of the Future renovation program.
The Indians and their Community Partners also will continue to support Cleveland Baseball Federation and Cleveland Metropolitan School District baseball and softball, working toward creating a sustainable plan for baseball and softball in the city. The Indians provide baseball and softball programming to 3,300 Cleveland youth athletes per year at no cost. Athletes and teams receive uniforms, equipment, fields and coaching clinics.
Indians players including Corey Kluber and Francisco Lindor are also getting involved with the organization's initiatives.
- Through Kluber's Kids, the Indians will host a Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital patient every Wednesday home game. The selected child will have the opportunity to watch batting practice, meet Corey and receive club tickets, food, an Indians goodie bag and an autographed jersey.
- The Lindor Smile Squad will provide unique baseball experiences for children and adult athletes with disabilities by hosting a Miracle League athlete every Monday home game. The selected athlete will have the opportunity to watch batting practice and meet Francisco, and will receive club tickets, food and an Indians goodie bag.
About new Cleveland Indians Community Partners
MCPc delivers scalable solutions to host, secure and optimize anyplace workspace to help clients empower their employees to work from anywhere and on any device.
Mo Vaughn Transport was launched in 2010 with the mission to provide customers with high quality dedicated contract carriage and logistics solutions. Safety and respect are their primary focus in all policies, procedures and programs that govern their business.
Minute Men Staffing is a full-service staffing agency that provides temporary and long-term employees. In addition, they provide on-site recruitment, management, payroll and workers' compensation services.
Victory Park Ohio is a 60-plus-acre multi-sport and entertainment complex hosting numerous leagues, tournaments, team building exercises, private parties and special events each year. Victory Park Ohio aims to improve the quality of life in Northeast Ohio by providing a place for both adults and children to relax, play, learn, compete and be entertained.