McDonald Hopkins Celebrates Relationship With Cleveland Indians Community Partners at Indians Game on July 25
McDonald Hopkins celebrated its relationship with Cleveland Indians Community Partners by inviting 13-year-old Demarco Clark to throw out the first pitch prior to the start of the Indians game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 25 at Progressive Field.
Clark plays baseball at Thurgood Marshall Recreation on Cleveland’s East Side, where McDonald Hopkins participated in the Indians’ fourth annual Fields for the Future project on May 10, helping to renovate Johnny Roscoe Field and Fred Drake Field.
To commemorate the renovation, Clark tossed the ceremonial first pitch at the mid-week game to Indians catcher Yan Gomes, who was part of the May 10 work detail.
“The field we play on at Thurgood Marshall is great now,” said Clark, who was attending his first game at Progressive Field. “I remember the field used to flood whenever it rained. Now it’s really nice.”
(Shawn Riley, President, and Dave Kall, Managing Member, Cleveland Office, McDonald Hopkins with Demarco Clark after he threw out the first pitch.)
Watching the students of the Cleveland Metropolitan School System enjoying the game of baseball at Thurgood Marshall Recreation is especially satisfying to David Kall, the managing member of McDonald Hopkins Cleveland office, who was the driving force behind the firm partnering with the Indians in 2017.
“It was an awesome experience because sometimes we take for granted what we have in life,” said Kall. “But working on that field and seeing the children that played the game after what we did to that field was so incredibly moving to all of us. It just shows that a little bit of hard work can make a difference in everyone’s life.”
McDonald Hopkins is looking forward to continuing to help the Indians make a difference in the future of Cleveland’s youth.
“We’ve been here for 90 years and the Cleveland Indians have been around even longer than that,” said McDonald Hopkins President Shawn Riley. “We view this as a partnership as we both make a further commitment to the city. I also appreciate the commitment our employees have made to the program, starting with (Kall), who embraced this program and has made it incredibly successful for us and I hope for the Indians.”
Fields for the Future InitiativeThe McDonald Hopkins team recently participated in their first Community Partners initiative: Fields for the Future. Attorneys and staff spent the day improving baseball fields that were in poor condition, but are heavily used. Yan Gomes, catcher for the Cleveland Indians, serves as the spokesperson for the program.
McDonald Hopkins is pleased to announce its participation in the Cleveland Indians Community Partners program, the baseball club’s effort to strengthen youth in Greater Cleveland through service initiatives that focus on education, health and fitness.
“As we approach our 90th anniversary in 2020 and with our deep roots in Cleveland, McDonald Hopkins is honoring our past and reaffirming our commitment to the community with our support of this outstanding program for the youth in the community,” said Shawn M. Riley, firm president.
David M. Kall, the managing member of McDonald Hopkins’ Cleveland office, is leading the firm’s involvement as a Community Partner. “We are so excited to work with the Cleveland Indians and the other Community Partners,” Kall said. “This is a team effort and our Cleveland employees are eager to participate in the various youth oriented programs and initiatives.”
“McDonald Hopkins is an excellent addition to our Community Partners program,” said Indians Executive Director of Community Outreach Rebecca Kodysh. “Our Community Partners play such an important role in helping us achieve our goals of preparing youth for successful lives while improving the quality of and creating a sustainable plan for baseball and softball programs in our community.”
As a Community Partner, McDonald Hopkins will help support the following community initiatives:
- Tribe Scholars—A program that promotes youth education in underserved inner-city and inner-ring suburb schools by offering unique baseball experiences to students who strive for academic excellence.
- Career Day—An initiative with the Cleveland Baseball Federation and Cleveland Metropolitan School District that is designed to expose youth baseball and softball players to the various functions required to run a baseball company by visiting the Indians Executive Offices.
- Fields for the Future—A program in which the Indians, Community Partners, the city of Cleveland and Business Volunteers Unlimited improve fields that are in poor condition and heavily used. Tribe catcher Yan Gomes serves as the spokesperson for the Fields of the Future renovation program.
- Greater Cleveland Youth Baseball—Baseball and softball programs that are available to 3,300 Cleveland youth athletes per year at no cost. Athletes and teams receive uniforms, equipment, fields and coaching clinics.
With its participation in the Community Partners program, McDonald Hopkins proudly adds its logo to the right field wall, joining the other Northeast Ohio-based Community Partner companies— Car Parts Warehouse, Electronic Merchant Systems, Mo Vaughn Enterprises, Minute Men Staffing Services, and Victory Park Ohio.