For the duration of the Indians’ May homestand against the Iowa Cubs at Victory Field, fans are encouraged to sign an anti-bullying pledge in support of Terry Badger III, a 13-year-old from Covington, Indiana, who tragically took his life this past March because he was bullied at school. Terry was the ultimate teammate and proudly wore the number 44 on his youth baseball team. He had dreams of one day playing in the major leagues.
The anti-bullying pledge reads:
I pledge to support others who have been hurt or harmed by acts of bullying. I will be the best teammate I can be to friends, family and others, regardless of our differences, to strike out bullying.
The first 2,000 fans to sign the pledge will receive a blue “TBIII” wristband. At the pledge banner, fans may also donate to Covington anti-bullying initiatives in Terry’s name. Indianapolis Indians Charities will match up to $4,400 in donations.
Additionally, to raise awareness of bullying prevention, Indians staff members will wear royal blue ribbons and the stadium accent lights will be turned blue. Let’s join arms and rally together… it’s time we strike out bullying for good.