Inner City Youth Baseball Facility Gets Face Lift by Indianapolis Indians Staff

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Oct. 6, 2015 — Each year thousands of Indianapolis residents rally for a few days around early October for Indy Do Day “when the people of Indianapolis get to know their neighbors, take ownership of their neighborhoods and take care of one another.” In 2015, Indy Do Day occurred Oct. 1-3. The Indianapolis Indians front office staff has been a regular participant, but had to delay its day of community service until Monday, Oct. 5 due to the execution of last Friday’s inaugural Victory Field Gridiron Classic.

Yesterday the Tribe spent the day serving Indianapolis’ underprivileged youth by refurbishing multiple diamonds at Forest Manor Park which is the primary home to Play Ball Indiana, an Indians community partner and the Indianapolis chapter of Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Program.

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In addition to an overhaul of the diamonds, staff performed general repair of bleachers, cleanup, trimming of growth around fences, and other miscellaneous tasks.

Bleachers Before and After

Head groundskeeper Joey Stevenson and his staff led the project. Stevenson is recognized as one of the best groundskeepers in Minor League Baseball. Most recently he lead the transformation of Victory Field to a football field.

“We have had a great year at Play Ball Indiana and the Indians are a big reason why,” said P.B.I. Executive Director Mike Lennox. “As I departed Forest Manor Park on Monday I was filled with a great deal of pride in my heart and a deep sense of gratitude. Thank you to the Indianapolis Indians for you do.”

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