Rename our Alvinston Indians

$30,059 of $29k goal

Raised by 275 people in 2 months
Andy Triest  Alvinston, ON
Update: 
We reached our goal in less than 5 days! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! We could never have imagined how much support we would get. For every person who disagreed, there were literally hundreds who gave us likes, shares, comments and donations. Again, thank you! Any more money we raise online will be used to help players and teams in our neighbouring communities play ball.



October 30, 2016:

We are a thriving youth baseball club in Alvinston Ontario (population 2,500) and we’re setting a good example for our 220+ young players that no pro leagues or teams seem willing to do. For the past 60 years, we have played as the Alvinston Indians. Until today.

Our teams have a proud tradition and have won many local and provincial championships as the “Indians”, but we’ve decided that teaching respect for each other, respect for opponents and respect for every community we visit is a far more important tradition than any name or logo. So, we are coming up with a new name and raising the money we need to replace our uniforms, equipment and ballpark signage. We’re proud that our small town teams are doing the right thing, when the MLB, NFL, CFL and NHL won’t. Any support you can provide will be hugely appreciated.

We’re excited by all of the media interest in our story. For media inquiries, please contact steve.dominey@highroad.com

What’s our new name and logo?  We will provide updates during the campaign as we get input and ideas from players, parents and supporters like you. We have lots of great options. Before we were the Indians, we were the Aces. Some families in our community have a long history as honey producers, so we could be the Buzz. Or maybe we could be the Jr. Jays.

Fundraising
Our sincerest hope is that we won’t need to raise registration costs, so we’ve set a fundraising goal of $29,000 to replace all of our uniforms, team equipment and any ballpark signage that uses the Indians name and logo:

Jerseys - 16 teams x $690 per team (16 jerseys per team) = $11,000

Pants - 16 teams x $650 per team (16 pants per team) = $10,400

Hats - 300 hats for the association x $12 per hat = $3,600

Coach Shirts - 40 coaches x $38 per shirt = $1,500

Equipment Bags - $94 per bag x 16 bags = $1,500

Banners/Signage - 2 (1 for each park x $500 each) = $1,000

Sponsorship Recognition
All ideas for sponsorship and recognition are welcome. Please contact Andy Triest using the email link above.

All donations – Thanks on our Facebook page and recognition in our year-end banquet program

Donate $100 – Recognition on ballpark signage (plus above)

Donate $300 – Get a framed team photo for your home or business (plus above)

Donate $500 – Get your own t-shirt with our new team name and logo (plus above)

Donate $1,500 – Team uniform sponsorship, 5 available (plus above)

We are not incorporated as a registered charity, so we cannot provide a registered tax receipt. You will receive a receipt from GoFundMe as a record of your donation.
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Bob Bressette
2 months ago
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@ Caper Nova Scotia - you paint us with quite a wide brush. It's too bad that you have no First Nations friends so that you can see that we're not all uneducated, unemployed drunks. We are caring and compassionate people who are looking to be recognized by our original precontact names, and not by a mistaken generic name given to us by a lost Spaniard. Go and direct your anger to (in your opinion) more important things. Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by our GoFundMe page.

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Julia Finn
2 months ago
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Good initiative, everyone. I gave donated and reposted your story on Facebook. Go team!

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Derwood Wilkinson
2 months ago
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Am I reading this (fundraising) right?? So not only are you raising money to change the Alvinston "Indians" team shirts/hats/etc. - you are going all out and raising/asking for money to buy new team shirts/hats/etc. for all of the other teams in this league as well?

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Ron Hymas
2 months ago
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What a bunch of PC sissies...

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Dan Cumming
2 months ago
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@Tyler Thank you for your feedback. Sorry for the confusion! We have 16 different Alvinston teams, so the money we’re raising is to replace our 16 sets of uniforms and equipment that use the name and logo. I hope that clears up the confusion.

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Jenny Clark Pillon
2 months ago

First off we are Not Canadian Indians- we are ingenious. Secondly our culture is not a mascot, especially labeled with an improper name. So thank you for teaching the younger generations respect. This is an amazing step forward. These children will not be the ones stereotyping our culture like some who have commented. ( ps not all " Canadian Indians" are on assistance) #nativepride #ojiway

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Katherine Henry
2 months ago

Alvinston Arrows - Aiming high Let's be part of the solution and not part of the problem with the negative comments. ~ coming from an Educated, well-employed Indigenous Woman who does not consume alcohol or drugs and supports kids in athletics

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Andy Triest
2 months ago

@Matthew Great question. As a small community organization, we work very hard to keep registration costs as low as possible so all kids can afford to play. With that in mind, we reuse each set of uniforms for 5+ years and try to fundraise for any uniforms that need to be replaced. As you might imagine, our volunteers and parents spend a lot of time every off-season sewing and patching ripped ball pants. Hope that helps answer our question. Thanks!

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Véronique Duval
1 day ago

What a bunch of PC twisting kids mind!!

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Jillian Ives
1 month ago

Congratulations you guys! I'm happy that people got together to fund your very timely name change. Please post the new name when you choose it. :)

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Sandy Porteous
2 months ago

So proud of you all...this is a big step and proves that yes, the children will lead us! Great job and thanks for doing the right thing.

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Caper Nova Scotia
2 months ago

20% of my wages already goes to the Canadian indians...that's more than enough...time for them to get jobs and alife

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Daniel Tseselsky
2 months ago

I am very impressed with how much money you have raised. I am raising funds for Knapp Ranch Baseball in Woodland Hills, CA. (Current league President) We need to significantly improve our fields and equipment. The cost of jersey's, pants and hats is something that is covered by the players registration fee for the entire season. I just cant imagine reusing pants, hats and jersey's for 5 years. I am still very impressed that you were able to raise so much money. I feel that our league is in need of improvements to actual fields for the kids to play on vs. jersey's/pants etc. Would love some of your donors to check out Knapp Ranch Baseball.

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Marc Boughner
2 months ago

NEW NAME,,, LONGBOATS

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Tyler Dorey
2 months ago

Rediculous. The costs mentioned above are to provide the entire league with new uniforms because of one team opting to change? Give your heads a shake.

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Andy Triest
2 months ago

@Derwood Thank you for your feedback. Sorry for the confusion! We have 16 different Alvinston teams, so the money we’re raising is to replace our 16 sets of uniforms and equipment that use the name and logo. I hope that clears up the confusion.

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Joe-Deb Corby
2 months ago

If the Cleveland Indians are okay with the name I don't think it's right that this association is asking for the funds from others to change it. I won't be donating for that reason.

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Matthew Shepley
2 months ago

Would not some of the things you are looking to be funded be covered under your player registration fees? Like new hats, coaches shirt? Can imagine that these items would not be provided new each year as a direct operation cost, no?

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Marcia Peters
2 months ago

Excellent idea to change the name. I'll put my money elsewhere though.

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$30,059 of $29k goal

Raised by 275 people in 2 months
Created October 27, 2016
SS
$50
Sherry Schofield
1 month ago
$30
Julia Finn
2 months ago

Way to go guys. A great project. I am proud of you! I wanted to get you over $30,000.

SS
$20
Sherry Schofield
2 months ago
$50
Anonymous
2 months ago
MC
$70
Ms. Robin Connell
2 months ago

I'm a cousin of Olivia Minten's maternal grandmother. I think this mission is so admirable and I can only hope that Major League Baseball follows suit and is moved to do the right thing by these sensitive and altruistic kids!! Bravo!

JK
$100
Jeff Keller
2 months ago

Congratulations!

JC
$44
Jeff Clemens
2 months ago
CB
$20
Colleen Burke
2 months ago

Way to go. This is the right thing to do. Good luck choosing a new name!

EC
$30
Elizabeth Cameron
2 months ago
$20
Tom Beaton
2 months ago

Love this initiative!

Bob Bressette
2 months ago
3
3

@ Caper Nova Scotia - you paint us with quite a wide brush. It's too bad that you have no First Nations friends so that you can see that we're not all uneducated, unemployed drunks. We are caring and compassionate people who are looking to be recognized by our original precontact names, and not by a mistaken generic name given to us by a lost Spaniard. Go and direct your anger to (in your opinion) more important things. Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by our GoFundMe page.

+ Read More
Julia Finn
2 months ago
2
2

Good initiative, everyone. I gave donated and reposted your story on Facebook. Go team!

+ Read More
Derwood Wilkinson
2 months ago
2
2

Am I reading this (fundraising) right?? So not only are you raising money to change the Alvinston "Indians" team shirts/hats/etc. - you are going all out and raising/asking for money to buy new team shirts/hats/etc. for all of the other teams in this league as well?

+ Read More
Ron Hymas
2 months ago
1
1

What a bunch of PC sissies...

+ Read More
Dan Cumming
2 months ago
1
1

@Tyler Thank you for your feedback. Sorry for the confusion! We have 16 different Alvinston teams, so the money we’re raising is to replace our 16 sets of uniforms and equipment that use the name and logo. I hope that clears up the confusion.

+ Read More
Jenny Clark Pillon
2 months ago

First off we are Not Canadian Indians- we are ingenious. Secondly our culture is not a mascot, especially labeled with an improper name. So thank you for teaching the younger generations respect. This is an amazing step forward. These children will not be the ones stereotyping our culture like some who have commented. ( ps not all " Canadian Indians" are on assistance) #nativepride #ojiway

+ Read More
Katherine Henry
2 months ago

Alvinston Arrows - Aiming high Let's be part of the solution and not part of the problem with the negative comments. ~ coming from an Educated, well-employed Indigenous Woman who does not consume alcohol or drugs and supports kids in athletics

+ Read More
Andy Triest
2 months ago

@Matthew Great question. As a small community organization, we work very hard to keep registration costs as low as possible so all kids can afford to play. With that in mind, we reuse each set of uniforms for 5+ years and try to fundraise for any uniforms that need to be replaced. As you might imagine, our volunteers and parents spend a lot of time every off-season sewing and patching ripped ball pants. Hope that helps answer our question. Thanks!

+ Read More
Véronique Duval
1 day ago

What a bunch of PC twisting kids mind!!

+ Read More
Jillian Ives
1 month ago

Congratulations you guys! I'm happy that people got together to fund your very timely name change. Please post the new name when you choose it. :)

+ Read More
Sandy Porteous
2 months ago

So proud of you all...this is a big step and proves that yes, the children will lead us! Great job and thanks for doing the right thing.

+ Read More
Caper Nova Scotia
2 months ago

20% of my wages already goes to the Canadian indians...that's more than enough...time for them to get jobs and alife

+ Read More
Daniel Tseselsky
2 months ago

I am very impressed with how much money you have raised. I am raising funds for Knapp Ranch Baseball in Woodland Hills, CA. (Current league President) We need to significantly improve our fields and equipment. The cost of jersey's, pants and hats is something that is covered by the players registration fee for the entire season. I just cant imagine reusing pants, hats and jersey's for 5 years. I am still very impressed that you were able to raise so much money. I feel that our league is in need of improvements to actual fields for the kids to play on vs. jersey's/pants etc. Would love some of your donors to check out Knapp Ranch Baseball.

+ Read More
Marc Boughner
2 months ago

NEW NAME,,, LONGBOATS

+ Read More
Tyler Dorey
2 months ago

Rediculous. The costs mentioned above are to provide the entire league with new uniforms because of one team opting to change? Give your heads a shake.

+ Read More
Andy Triest
2 months ago

@Derwood Thank you for your feedback. Sorry for the confusion! We have 16 different Alvinston teams, so the money we’re raising is to replace our 16 sets of uniforms and equipment that use the name and logo. I hope that clears up the confusion.

+ Read More
Joe-Deb Corby
2 months ago

If the Cleveland Indians are okay with the name I don't think it's right that this association is asking for the funds from others to change it. I won't be donating for that reason.

+ Read More
Matthew Shepley
2 months ago

Would not some of the things you are looking to be funded be covered under your player registration fees? Like new hats, coaches shirt? Can imagine that these items would not be provided new each year as a direct operation cost, no?

+ Read More
Marcia Peters
2 months ago

Excellent idea to change the name. I'll put my money elsewhere though.

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