Cleveland Indians and MLB donate $5 million to community projects

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Major League Baseball and the Cleveland Indians have announced the 2019 All-Star Legacy Initiative.

MLB and the Indians, with support from the City of Cleveland, will donate $5 million to local projects.

The projects will be unveiled leading up to the 90th MLB All-Star Game.

MLB and the Tribe will also refurbish the Larry Doby All-Star Playground, which was constructed when Cleveland last hosted the Midsummer Classic.

The 2019 All-Star Legacy projects:

  • All-Star Student Veterans Center at Baldwin Wallace University– MLB and the Indians will transform both levels of the university-owned, single-family home into a new Student Veterans Center, which will provide support to student body veterans of U.S. Military Service currently studying at Baldwin Wallace University. The new facility will include quiet rooms, lounge areas, a full kitchen, bathrooms, and a gaming area.
  • All-Star Field at Luke Easter Park– In association and with financial support from the City of Cleveland, MLB and the Indians will renovate Field #7 at Luke Easter Park. Refurbishments will include installation of turf, which will ensure safe play despite poor weather, as well as the installation of new dugouts and bleachers, both of which will include new shade structures. Renovations will facilitate daily play for youth baseball and softball organizations in the area.
  • Talty Field at Cleveland Metroparks Brookside Reservation– In association and with financial support from the City of Cleveland and Cleveland Metroparks, MLB and the Indians will completely renovate Talty Field in the Brookside Reservation. This project will include a new, completely artificially-turfed field, which will be utilized by the Cleveland Baseball Federation RBI teams and become a premier site to host “PLAY BALL,” “Pitch, Hit & Run,” and “Jr. Home Run Derby” events, in addition to other special baseball or softball events and clinics.
  • All-Star Digital Arts Suite at Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland’s East Tech Teen Center– This project will fully renovate the digital arts suite at the Boys & Girls Club location out of East Technical High School, installing a sound recording studio with brand-new equipment, a collaborative workspace stocked with Mac desktop computers, and a vibrant lounge area. The site, which will be utilized by students at East Technical High School and members of local Boys and Girls Clubs, will be instrumental in helping retention rates both at the high school and at the local Boys and Girls Club.

The game is scheduled for July 9 at Progressive Field.

More on the All-Star Game here.

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