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Diversity Initiatives

The Cleveland Indians and its charitable arm, Cleveland Indians Charities (CIC), are proud to serve the Northeast Ohio community by providing a variety of community outreach programs. Each program is designed to help improve the quality of life for others, support youth to reach their full potential and foster self-confidence. We embrace the opportunity to be a responsible corporate citizen serving the Greater Cleveland communities.


In their continued efforts to support youth education, the Cleveland Indians, in conjunction with Major League Baseball, created the Sandy Alomar Jr. Scholarship Award. The Sandy Alomar Jr. Award will be given to a graduating St. Martin DePorres high school senior who has excelled in academics, community service and has a financial need.

For more information on the Sandy Alomar Jr. Scholarship and other scholarship opportunities, email or call 216.420.HITS.


Supplier Diversity

Our commitment to diversity extends to our business partners. Through our supplier diversity program, we aim to increase opportunities for a diverse pool of suppliers to compete for the procurement activities of our club. By identifying and building relationships with diverse business partners we seek to develop strategic advantages - promoting efficiency, creativity and profitability - while at the same time enhancing the economic growth and well-being of our diverse communities.

Jackson Robinson Day - Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner (MVDBP)

In 1998, Commissioner, Bud Selig authorized the creation of the Diverse Business Partner (DBP) program, an economically driven business initiative established to cultivate new and existing partnerships with minority, and women-owned businesses, by increasing opportunities for minorities and women to participate in the procurement activities of MLB.

Every year to honor the spirit of Jackie Robinson, MLB and the Cleveland Indians select one Minority or Women -owned business as the year's Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner.

Previous MVDBPs:

  • 2018 - Ten10 Design
  • 2017 - PromoShop
  • 2016 - Image One
  • 2015 - North Cost Sales & Maint.
  • 2014 - Brandview Solutions
  • 2013 - TLC Sprint Water
  • 2012 - AAA Flexible Pipe
  • 2011 - CHI Corporation
  • 2010 - Industrial Video
  • 2009 - Dependable Painting
  • 2008 - Fine-Line Communications
  • 2007 - AG PrintPromo Solutions

"Cleveland is rich in diversity. It is important to reflect our community's diversity in the companies in which we do business," says Bette Prendergast, the Indians purchasing coordinator.

Want to learn how to become a vendor for the Cleveland Indians?

Contact Us

Bette Prendergast
Coordinator, Purchasing & Corp. Services
Progressive Field
2401 Ontario Street, Cleveland, OH 44115



The MLB Diversity Business Summit is the premier sports employment conference and supplier diversity trade fair. This two-day event allows job seekers and entrepreneurs the unique opportunity of meeting with MLB's Clubs at both the Major League and Minor League levels as well as sponsorship partners.

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Workforce Diversity

We seek to attract, develop, and retain a diverse workforce that brings a broad range of perspectives and experiences to our company. Through supporting an inclusive work environment, we strive to recognize and value the distinctiveness of each employee and to take full advantage of those differences to improve our productivity and innovation, while cultivating our acceptance and respect for each other and our communities.

Our Talent Acquisitions team works with a number of diverse partners in the community to promote all open positions within the organization.  

View current Indians job opportunities


Since 2006, the Cleveland Indians have sponsored students from St. Martin de Porres High School Corporate Work Study Program. This program allows students to pay for over 70% of their high school tuition as well as acquire skills and marketable job experiences not otherwise available to them. This program also provides meaningful opportunities for professionals to interact with and mentor the student workers while making a difference in their lives.


  • Case Western Reserve
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Bryant & Stratton
  • Kent State University
  • The Ohio State University Arts and Sciences Career Services Office
  • Cleveland NAACP
  • Miami University
  • YOUTH Opportunities Unlimited
  • Urban League of Cleveland
  • Diversity
  • Northern Ohio Council on Higher Education
  • Walsh University
  • National Association of Black Sports Professionals
  • Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
  • Life Skills of Lake Erie
  • Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland
  • Baldwin Wallace
  • Cleveland State University
  • Cleveland Institute of Art