Posted July 07, 2016 in Articles
Author: Tim Bielik, cleveland.com
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Indians pitchers Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw helped debut a new wiffle ball field for children at Providence House in Cleveland on Thursday.
With the help of the Indians, Allen and Shaw donated a turf field with bases, bats, balls and gloves to Providence House. They also took time to play some wiffle ball with kids at the house.
They were there last fall as part of a service project and Allen felt that it needed a field for the kids to play on.
"I kind of felt like we should try to do our part as well," Allen said. "It's a great place and the City of Cleveland needs a place like this for these kids. So, it's like, 'We'll try to put our stamp on something and try to help out any way we can.' This is what we thought up."
Providence House is an organization and home working to stop child abuse by protecting children in at-risk families. The Browns and Cavaliers have also worked with the organization, with the Browns putting together a room with Browns colors and the Cavaliers making a small basketball court.
"We've been really fortunate that the Cleveland teams have supported our organization," Providence House president and CEO Natalie Leek-Nelson said. "When Cody saw that, he said, 'Where's the Indians stuff?' And I said, 'Well, I don't know. Where is it?'
"So he and Bryan said, 'We got this covered.' So I got a call a couple of months ago that they came together with the Indians and were going to dedicate a wiffle ball field for our kids, a turf field."
Along with the team, Allen and Shaw partnered up with The Motz Group, a company specializing in turf fields, to create the field.
"The concept of what they do here is really awesome," Shaw said. "It's a great thing that they do, trying to get the families back together and everything else.
"It was time to put something Indians out here for them. It was kind of a cool little thing for them."
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