CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - 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:
- America SCORES Cleveland: After?school soccer and journal writing.
- Negro League Baseball Legends Hall of Fame: League Park Baseball History youth programming.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland?- Bigs in Blue: Mentoring relationships with 4th District police and youth.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters Clubs of Cleveland: Building bridges between youth and law enforcement.
- Cleveland Peacemakers Inc.: Mentoring relationships for youth with police officers.
- Cleveland Police Athletic League: Activities that engage police officers and youth.
- College Now Greater Cleveland Inc.: College and career advising program for 600 John Adams High School students.
- East End Neighborhood House Association: My Brother, My Sister Cleveland Chapter?—?after-school program for 7th and 8th graders.
- Esperanza Inc.: Mentoring programs.
- Friends of Breakthrough Schools: Support for 11 high-performing charter schools.
- Golden Ciphers: Out of school time programs.
- Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry: Health and crime prevention education programs.
- Ohio Guidestone: Youth and Police development programming.
- The NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology: After-school youth arts programming.
- Partnership For A Safer Cleveland: IMPACT 25 Youth Commission.
- Providence House Inc.: Emergency shelter for children in crisis.
- University Settlement Inc.: SmartY’s program.
- Youth Opportunities Unlimited: Summer job program for youth.