Francisco Lindor (’11) and New Balance Outfit MVA Eagles Baseball Team
Francisco Lindor (’11), Montverde Academy alumnus and professional MLB baseball short stop for the Cleveland Indians, presented the Eagles boys’ varsity baseball team with variety of items in partnership with his sponsor, New Balance.
The baseball season is gearing up and Lindor ensured that his alma mater was outfitted head to toe with New Balance gear, including the signature baseball cleats that are a defining item as New Balance is the best-selling premium-cleat baseball brand across sporting-goods retailers in the number of shoes sold and in total sales, according to the NPD Group. Lindor signed a contract with New Balance in 2017 and continues to be an important spokesperson for the brand.
“I am able to do what I love because of the opportunities I had being a student-athlete at Montverde Academy,” said Lindor. “We do things like hosting a baseball clinic here and outfitting the team because I believe that it’s important to give back. I enjoy being a part of the Montverde Academy community and serving as a mentor to the players. I’m grateful to my partner New Balance, who has helped make the team’s experience better.”
The players were excited to receive the items and immediately began trying things on. “Having Lindor come back so often to challenge us, give us advice and cheer us on is great,” said Jake Holland, MVA Eagles catcher. He’s an amazing player doing what I dream of doing, so to be able to talk to him and get his perspective is helpful.”
The MVA Eagles enjoyed an undefeated 2017-18 record of 25-0. Lindor had challenged the team to earn that season by offering to let the team shave his head if they did indeed, have an undefeated season. Lindor kept his word and let the team shave his head. He challenged them to set that goal again to win another crazy bet – the only time Lindor might not mind losing.
The MVA baseball season opening game is against Avant Garde Academy (Kissimmee, Fla.) on Monday, February 18 at 3:00 p.m.