INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Indians set a franchise record in money raised for charity in 2017. The Tribe contributed nearly $500,000 in fundraising and donations to charitable causes and organizations across central Indiana.

“We’re very proud of the legacy we’ve built in our community,” said Indians President and General Manager Randy Lewandowski. “We’ve been playing baseball in Indianapolis for more than 100 years, so going to an Indians game has become an experience that’s shared across generations. We have a responsibility to give back with the same level of enthusiasm and support as our fans have shown us over the years.”

Over half of the charitable contributions in 2017 came from gifts in-kind of donated tickets, merchandise and mascot appearances. The organization also supported the creation of a new 501(c)(3) non-profit called RightFit. The Indians worked with Indianapolis Public Schools and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, as well as corporate partners and city government and public safety officials, to create the initiative focused on developing positive relationships with emergency and safety personnel. The program provided homework help, nutrition education, physical fitness, dinner and a ride home to 500-plus students at four Indianapolis elementary schools.

The Tribe will open the 2018 season with a home game at Victory Field on April 6th.