5/23/2013 10:51 A.M. ET
Cleveland Indians Charities celebrates 25th anniversary with 'Catch 25' campaign
New program allows donors to provide baseball or softball opportunities to underprivileged youth in Northeast Ohio
By / MLB.com
Celebrating its 25th year of serving the Northeast Ohio community, Cleveland Indians Charities has introduced its “Catch 25” campaign for the 2013 season.
For $25, donors can provide one underprivileged Cleveland-area youth the opportunity to play baseball or softball this season. Those wanting to make an even greater impact can opt for a larger donation, as a $250 donation would sponsor an entire youth team.
“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.
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