Indians players Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, Bryan Shaw, Marc Rzepczynski and Scott Atchison are scheduled to participate in a new charity fantasy football league also open to fans.
For a one-time donation of $2,000 (which can include one co-manager) or $3,000, participants will be invited to an Aug. 23 draft day experience at Progressive Field. That will include a live draft with the players and surprise guests, food and beverages (cash bar), a photo opportunity with the Indians, pre-autographed items, VIP access to batting practice for that day's game against the Houston Astros and a ticket in the Champions Suite.
During the fantasy season, participants will interact with the Tribe players and have chances to win prizes.
Proceeds will benefit the Greater Cleveland Foodbank, Cleveland Indians Charities and Big League Impact Basic Needs Initiative. The latter brought together stars from teams in 10 ciites last year. This year more than 60 major league players, including over a dozen All-Stars, have agreed to participate.
For more information, go to bigleagueimpact.org.