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.
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.
*All monetary donations are tax deductible.
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
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.
The Cleveland Indians continue to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland through financial, in-kind and volunteer efforts. In 2015, CIC donated $90,000, which helped support youth programs including:
- Youth of the Year: This scholarship program recognizes three Club youth that demonstrate extraordinary service to their Club, their community, and their families; their academic success; their strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking.
- Ready Reader Plus: By augmenting the school day curriculum with targeted math and reading activities customized to the needs of each participant, Ready Readers Plus helps underperforming K-3rd grade students improve their literacy and math skills. By keeping these young students engaged in school as they progress grade, increasing the likelihood that they will graduate from high school.
- Brain Gain: This initiative aims to prevent summer learning loss and moves youth towards better futures. This program was implemented at 10 BGC sites in the summer of 2015.
The Indians also donated hundreds of game tickets as well as the annual Thanksgiving Day meal at Progressive Field for kids and their families.