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Indians Go to Bat for Community

April 1, 2009 - International League (IL) - Indianapolis Indians News Release

INDIANAPOLIS -- As the 2009 baseball season is on deck, the Indianapolis Indians are already going to bat for the Central Indiana community.

The Indians have created a brand-new educational play, "Rowdie: Homerun for Health." This play was designed to entertain and educate students on the "bases" of scoring a healthy homerun in the game of life. The play has been performed over 30 times for over 4,600 Central Indiana students since its debut on March 10. The 25-minute play will be performed at local area schools up until Friday, April 3.

Tickets for Troops returns in 2009, allowing Indians fans to support Central Indiana soldiers by donating tickets with the Tribe matching every ticket donated. 2009 Season ticket holders can support our United States Armed Forces by redeeming unused tickets for tickets that will be used as part of the program. Non-season ticket holders can participate by purchasing tickets and asking that they be used for Central Indiana military personnel.

The Wishes for Make-A-Wish program encourages fans to make a charitable contribution when requesting birthday and anniversary wishes to run on the scoreboard during 2009 Indians games at Victory Field. For each dollar donated by Indians fans this season, Eli Lilly and Company will match with a donation of their own. 100% of the donations collected as a part of this program will be donated to Make-A-Wish Indiana to help grant wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Baseball in Education, courtesy of IUPUI and Aquafina, returns for the 2009 season with three scheduled dates (April 15, May 7 & 19). The purpose of these days is to show students of all ages that baseball can be educational and learning can be fun by applying America's favorite pasttime to different school subjects. The Indians have developed a curriculum based on Indiana's Academic Standards, which includes activities that can be done before, during and after each BIE game.

Also returning for the 2009 season is the Pinch-Hitter Program courtesy of Conseco, St. Vincent Sports Performance Center, Kenney Outdoor Solutions, Kleenit and the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers. This program provides individuals and corporations the opportunity to go to bat for charitable organizations through the donation of tickets to Indians games.

Through the community programs in 2008, the Indianapolis Indians were able to donate 20,720 tickets to many different organizations and contributions amounted to $635,302 for the Central Indiana community. With the continuance and addition of many community programs the Tribe looks forward to continued success for the 2009 campaign.

To coincide with the successful community programs the Indians also continue to offer donation and fundraising opportunities as well as appearances by Rowdie. To find out more about the Tribe's community programs and other opportunities check out the "Community" tab located on the Indians website,

The Tribe opens the 2009 season on Thursday, April 9 at Victory Field against their division rivals the Toledo Mud Hens. Season and individual game tickets are on sale now at or by calling the Victory Field Box at 317-269-3545.

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