Indians Lend a Helping Glove to Community
Throughout the 2012 season the Indianapolis Indians lent a helping glove for the Central Indiana community.
For the fourth straight year the Indians presented their educational play, "Rowdie: Home Run for Health" to Central
Indiana elementary schools. This play was designed to entertain and educate students on the "bases" of scoring a
healthy home run in the game of life. The play was performed over 30 times to nearly 10,000 Central Indiana students.
Tickets for Troops also returned in 2012, allowing Indians fans to support Central Indiana soldiers by donating tickets
with the Tribe matching every ticket donated. 2012 Season ticket holders could support our United States Armed
Forces by redeeming unused tickets for tickets that will be used as part of the program. Non-season ticket holders
could also participate by purchasing tickets and asking that they be used for Central Indiana military personnel.
The Wishes for Make-A-Wish program encourages fans to make a charitable contribution when requesting birthday and anniversary wishes to run on the scoreboard during 2012 Indians games at Victory Field. For each dollar donated by
Indians fans this season, Eli Lilly and Company matched with a donation of their own. 100% of the donations collected as a part of this program were donated to
Make-A-Wish Indiana to help grant wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.
Baseball in Education returned for the 2012 season with four dates, one more than previous years. The purpose of these days is to show students of all ages that baseball can be educational and learning can be fun by applying America's favorite pasttime to different school subjects. The Indians have developed a curriculum based on Indiana's Academic Standards, which includes activities that can be done before, during and after each BIE game.
Also returning for the 2012 season was the Pinch-Hitter Program courtesy of CNO Financial Group, Kleenit and the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers. This program provided individuals and corporations the opportunity to go to bat for charitable organizations through the donation of tickets to Indians games.
Through the community programs in 2012, the Indianapolis Indians were able to donate thousands of tickets to many different organizations and contributions in past years have reached $615,957 for the Central Indiana community.
The Tribe will continue to give back during the 2013 season. For more on community-related opportunities, contact Brian McLaughlin at 317-269-3542 ext. 299 or via e-mail.