CLEVELAND — Cleveland Indians Charities is giving back to the community, donating thousands of Indians jerseys to youth in the Cleveland Baseball Federation’s RBI program.
All 142 teams in the Cleveland Baseball Federation’s Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities program will receive new Indians jerseys for the 2019 season. The organization will donate 2,500 jerseys to the players in the RBI program.
The first 200 jerseys will be distributed on Saturday, May 4 at the Zelma George Recreation Center and the Estabrook Recreation Center. Indians outfielders Jake Bauers and Tyler Naquin will help distribute the jerseys, hold a Q&A session and sign autographs for the players.
Cleveland Baseball Federation provides free of charge programs to children and young adults ages 4 through 18. The RBI program provides local youth with a “positive team-oriented activity that keeps its participants off the streets and challenges them both academically and physically.”
Cleveland Indians Charities selected Cleveland Baseball Federation as their exclusive partner to operate the free baseball and softball programs in Cleveland and East Cleveland in 2006. Since 1989, Cleveland Indians Charities has donated more than $10 million to youth-oriented agencies and organizations of Northeast Ohio.