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Spokane Indians donating a portion of 'Cafecitos merch sales to Nuestras Raíces Unión youth Fútbol Club



Something’s brewing in the Inland Northwest. The Spokane Indians Baseball Team announced that they would be joining Minor League Baseball's "Copa de la Diversión™" or "Fun Cup™" for the first time during the 2024 season with a brand-new identity – the ‘Cafecitos de Spokane’. 

Originally launched in 2017, Copa de la Diversión™ is a series specifically designed to embrace the culture and values that resonate most with MiLB teams' local U.S. Hispanic communities.

While “cafecito” translates literally to “little coffee,” it can also be used to describe the shared conversation over coffee between friends, or “coffee talk.” Cafecitos de Spokane not only celebrates the connection of robust coffee scenes in the Inland Northwest and Latin America, but also brings together an unlikely combo of two Spokane community pillars – coffee and baseball.

The Spokane Indians will don the vibrant colors and spirited energy of the Cafecitos de Spokane for the first time on Cinco de Mayo (Sunday, May 5th), and will also wear the uniforms on Sunday, July 14th and Sunday, August 18th. Fans can expect an immersive experience at the games, featuring special promotions, food offerings, music, and entertainment that highlight Latin American culture and traditions.


"We are thrilled to introduce the Cafecitos de Spokane to our community," said Spokane Indians Senior Vice President Otto Klein. "This initiative is about more than just baseball; it's about celebrating the rich tapestry of cultures that make up our city and embracing the shared passions - like baseball and coffee - that bring us together."


The primary logo for the Cafecitos, developed by the team’s branding partner Brandiose, is a grinning coffee cup adorned with a Panama-style hat, representative of the drink’s popularity in Latin America and the Inland Northwest. The uniform also features nods to the diverse cultures of Latin America with its vibrant colors and guayabera-inspired details. (A guayabera is traditional piece of formal menswear with a deep connection to Mexican, Latin American, and Caribbean cultures). 


Cafecitos merchandise is available now in the Spokane Indians Team Store, with a portion of each sale being donated to Unión Futbol Club, a local Hispanic youth soccer organization. 


“We are excited to know that our youth Unión Futbol Club will be receiving this funds,  which will help our mission to continue providing  free soccer classes to undeserved BIPOC communities in Spokane County,” Nuestras Raices Centro Comunitario (NRCC)  said. 


Unión Futbol Club professional soccer development academy for Hispanic and Latino youth is the only of its kind in Spokane County that offers soccer coaching at not cost for kids ages 9-13.

“Union Futbol Club is a program dedicated and committed to providing equal opportunities to children and families to have access to this sport whose activity is so important for physical and mental wellbeing, and a cultural identifier which is shared amongst all aspects of family dynamics in Latin America," NRCC said. 


Support a good cause and get your 'Cafecitos merch' now here



About Minor League Baseball's Copa de la Diversión™:

Copa de la Diversión™" or "Fun Cup™" is a season-long event series specifically designed to embrace the culture and values that resonate most with Minor League Baseball™ teams' local U.S. Hispanic communities. The initiative has four key pillars:

  • Increase awareness, authentic engagements and attendance with U.S. Hispanics in their local communities.

  • Embrace a culture that is passionate about baseball, family and fun by updating the ballpark experience to match the values these fans cherish most.

  • Create and employ culturally relevant on-field personas that authentically connect teams with their local U.S. Hispanic communities.

  • Amplify MiLB's continuous efforts including to diversify the game and business of baseball nationwide.


ABOUT THE SPOKANE INDIANS

The Spokane Indians are the High-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies located in Spokane Valley, Washington, and play at historic Avista Stadium, home of the MultiCare Kids Bench Seat. The Indians were recognized with the 2023 CommUNITY Champion Award by MiLB. Parking at all Spokane Indians games is FREE. The Indians open the 2024 Northwest League season against the Vancouver Canadians at Avista Stadium on Friday, April 5th. Ticket packages are available now at spokaneindians.com or by calling (509) 343-OTTO (6886). The Spokane Indians Office is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Spokane Indians Team Store is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.




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