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Former Indians pitcher donates $25,000 to CMSD school (Video)




Former Cleveland Indians Pitcher CC Sabathia says he will always call Cleveland home.

He is not from Cleveland but has fond memories of playing here from 2001-2008. That is why he and his wife decided to donate $25,000 to Garrett Morgan School of Leadership and Innovation. 

“Just so these kids know there are so many opportunities for them,” said Sabathia. 

The funds, which came from Sabathia’s foundation, PitCCh In, will will be used to start the Get in the Game program at Garrett Morgan. Get in the Game is dedicated to unity, equal opportunity and empowerment of young people to make change in their communities.

Tom Walter, the head baseball coach at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, co-founded Get in the Game in 2020 after the nationwide outcry for racial justice and equality. 

“I want to delivere tools, education and curriculum these kids could use the rest of their lives,” said Walter. 

The Get in the Game curriculum is broken into three “seasons” that focus on self-awareness and celebrating our diversity, the history of race relations and how students can become game changers.  

“It ends with community service,” said Walter.  

Get in the Game was in six schools across the nation during its first year and will expand to 15, including Garrett Morgan. This CMSD high school will be the first in the district and Ohio to offer the program. 

Anshawn Ivery, the principal at Garrett Morgan School of Leadership and Innovation, says the program falls right in line with the school’s mission.  

“We focus on public policy,” he said. “We help our students create an equal and just world for the future, and that is directly in line with what Get in the Game stands for, to help our students start this free world.”  

Tenth graders at Garrett Morgan School of Leadership and Innovation, like Felix, a member of the school baseball team, will use the curriculum.  

“I’m excited to talk about real world problems,” he said.