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Cleveland Indians personnel donate $1 million to local organizations to curb youth violence

(Source: Cleveland Indians Facebook) (Source: Cleveland Indians Facebook)

The Cleveland Indians announced Friday the 18 recipients of the Larry Doby Youth Fund grants to northeast Ohio organizations aimed at curbing youth violence.

The Larry Doby Fund was created by Terry Francona and members of the 2016 Indians. Roster members, coaches, clubhouse support staff, front office personnel, and the general public were encouraged to donate money to assist with helping to curb youth violence in northeast Ohio. Additional money was donated from team owner Paul Dolan, minority team owner John Sherman, and funds raised from the 2016 Postseason Watch Parties to help reach the goal.

Coach Francona said, “We are very fortunate to be a part of Major League Baseball, and we accept the social responsibility that comes with that? - ?to use our resources to directly make an impact on the underserved youth of our community, and to make our community better.”

The fund was named after Larry Doby, the first African-American player in the American League. He played for the Indians and was a seven-time All-Star.

The 2017 Larry Doby Youth Fund grant recipients include: 

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