Celebrating Inclusivity Through Baseball

and the South Bend Cubs are working harder than ever to be sure the community
is stronger and more inclusive. As one of the most beloved and well-attended
experiences in the area, inclusivity is more important than ever before.
As part of Minor League Baseball’s Copa de la Diversión initiative, the South Bend
Cubs join 91 other teams as they become Los Cabritos Maldichos for five games
this 2020 season. The partnership with Minor League Baseball provides a new
experience while diversifying the game of baseball.

“The goal of the series is to expand our community reach and engage the Latino
community,” said Joe Hart, President of the South Bend Cubs. “…we will be doing
more to incorporate the Latino community. We will be adding new food items and
have mariachi bands…These are days to celebrate the Latino community.”

The South Bend Cubs have several community programs and events happening all
year long that diversify their offerings and provide opportunities for the community to
be involved. From Reading Club to fundraisers benefiting local non-profits, they are
committed to being positive neighborhood stewards.

Not only is the club winning in their community efforts, they’re also winning awards
season-after-season. In 2015, the South Bend Cubs received Minor League Baseball’s
highest honor: The John H. Johnson President’s Award. It recognizes areas of
financial stability and contributions to the baseball industry, the first in Indiana to
win since 1988. Last year they won the hard-fought battle of the Midwest League

“…It’s been exciting to see that when you give something good to support and
celebrate, they come out and support you,” said Hart.

The team has captured some major talent on their roster, making the experience
even more exciting each season. They’ve seen former players move to the Major
Leagues, and Major Leaguers debut during a short injury rehab.

“When you’re 100 miles away from your major league affiliate, it’s pretty exciting
because [the Cubs] are a national, world-wide brand,” said Hart. “It just created a
whole new excitement and support from the community.”

Whether you come just for the popular nachos or bring the entire family for a fun
night out, the South Bend Cubs have a variety to offer every level of baseball fan.
Baseball isn’t just about the runs scored—it’s about the comradery it presents to
friends and family on a Saturday night in downtown South Bend.

Interested in seeing what’s going on this summer at Four Winds Field and the South
Bend Cubs? Head to milb.com/south-bend for more information.

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