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Community Relations & Promotions Coordinator
- 2nd Year with Indianapolis Indians,
- 4th Year in Professional Sports
- Owns over 1,000 DVDs, is ambidextrous, married his high school sweetheart and is a published poet.
“I love the fan interaction. My job allows me to take fans to places they’ve always wanted to go, or have experiences they have dreamed about.”
Community Relations & Promotions
The Community Relations department processes different types of requests from mainly nonprofit organizations. Tickets are the most frequent item donated, but autographed items such as jerseys, bats and baseballs are also included on various occasions.
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“It’s a special initiative and last year we totaled almost $300,000 worth of donations.”
The offseason is a busy time for Rowdie. With autograph sessions, sponsorship events and over 30 community appearances during the winter months, the Community Relations & Promotions Department has their hands full managing the loveable bear’s schedule.
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“We always try to get Rowdie out to community events as much as possible.”
Player Appearances & Pirates Community Commitment Program
The Pittsburgh Pirates ensure a strong presence in the community through their annual Community Commitment Program. Each player in the organization is required to fulfill 10 hours of community service during the season and each Minor League affiliate selects a team representative to attend a Pirates game on Roberto Clemente Day.
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“It’s a really cool program and it’s definitely a unique opportunity as the Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate.”
Tickets for Troops, Pinch Hitters, & Charitable Fundraisers
Tickets for Troops is a program in which the Indians donate unused tickets to different local military organizations. Additional programming, including Pinch Hitter, has also been established by the Community Relations & Promotions Department to distribute tickets to various nonprofit organizations in the Indianapolis area.
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“[These programs] are a good chance for us to reach out to those who serve our country”
Indians Triple Play Program
After sponsoring three leagues in the Triple Play Programs last year, the Indians have now expanded the partnership to 13 leagues and 75 individual youth teams for the 2014 baseball season. The partnership between the Tribe and its Triple Play leagues features special outings at Victory Field, Rowdie appearances at each Little League and the opportunity to learn from the Indians team through youth baseball clinics.
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“It’s a great chance for kids to be affiliated with the Indians at an early age.”