Indians Donate A Playoff Share To Aid Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

The Cleveland Indians are officially in Puerto Rico for a two-and series with AL Central foe, the Minnesota Twins.

Monday is the teams’ day off and mostly everyone is out golfing besides Francisco Lindor, he’s holding a baseball clinic for 250 children at his old school.

Also on Monday, the team announced via press release that the Indians have donated a playoff share to aid hurricane relief efforts:

Last September, Cleveland Indians players awarded a postseason share to aid and assist in hurricane-relief efforts after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Puerto Rico.  Today, Indians players made a pair of donations totaling nearly $37,000 within the communities where SS FRANCISCO LINDOR and C ROBERTO PEREZ grew up.

The first donation of $18,400 was extended to Nuestra Escuela, a high school in Caguas, Puerto Rico.  The donated monies will be allocated towards the reinstatement of the school’s sports program, including the enhancement of the existing field and the purchase of new equipment. Former Indians pitcher JOE COLÓN is an alum of the school and FRANCISCO LINDOR spent the first 12 years of his childhood living in the community.  The school’s President and Executive Director, Ana Yris Guzmán, and a group of student leaders accepted the check from Lindor this morning during Francisco’s youth clinic in Gurabo, PR.

“Our school community is honored and very thankful to the Cleveland Indians for choosing us. We will use the money to reestablish the same sports program Joe Colòn participated in before joining the Indians,” expressed Ana Yris Guzmán. 

The remainder of the donated share was made to Extra Bases, Inc., a non-profit, non-government organization founded by former Major League All-Star and Puerto Rico-native 1B CARLOS DELGADO.  Delgado will allocate 100% of the donation to the Albergue Jesus de Nazaret, a home for abused children in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.  Mayaguez is the hometown of C ROBERTO PEREZ.  The donation will go towards the rebuilding of the baseball field at the home, the purchase of new sports equipment and repairing the fence at the facility.   Delgado will accept the check during the club’s upcoming series in San Juan against Minnesota, April 17-18.

Said Delgado: “At Extra Bases, we are very happy to be a facilitator in this great initiative by the Cleveland Indians. We know first-hand the good work of the Hogar de Niños Jesus de Nazaret in Mayaguez.  Hopefully this donation can help to create awareness that should be no place for child abuse in the world.”

Additionally, following the hurricanes last September in Texas and Puerto Rico, the Cleveland Indians Wives Association, consisting of the spouses of club uniform personnel, donated monies to assist in relief and rebuilding efforts.  As a result of these donations, today they presented a $4,000 check to Casa Protegida Julia de Burgos (www.casajulia.org), a well-respected institution for abused women in Puerto Rico founded in 1979.   

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Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for LastWordOnSports.com. He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on AllSportsCleveland.com.

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