In late June, Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera hosted the 7th annual Keeping Kids in the Game presented by Lear Corporation, the Detroit Tigers Foundation's signature fundraising event to support children's health and youth baseball. The event benefitted Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation, the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, and the Miguel Cabrera Foundation, a charity established by Rosangel and Miguel Cabrera. During the sold out event, guests had exclusive ballpark and field access including self-guided tours of the home clubhouse and watched a private fireworks show. Guests also enjoyed live entertainment, extraordinary auction items, strolling dinner, drinks and cigars.
As a result, over $250,000 was raised to support children's health and youth baseball!
In addition, over 200 patients and family members from Children's Hospital of Michigan and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital enjoyed a special night at Comerica Park that included meeting and greeting Tigers players.
The patients and families were entertained by the Tigers Party Patrol, played games and enjoyed the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel before touring the home clubhouse and visiting the field! The Detroit Tigers Foundation thanks the following sponsors for partnering for supporting this annual event:
The holidays are a special time for the Detroit Tigers family, and we enjoy sharing our holiday cheer with others. Each year, the Tigers and Delaware North Company - SportService treat a group of underprivileged children to a holiday feast at the Tiger Club and special evening of gifts and surprises.
This year, the Tigers hosted 50 children and teens from Black Family Development and the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange. Black Family Development serves families in need and the MARC supports children living in foster care, working to find permanent homes for foster children and teens.
After dinner at the Tiger Club, the families were surprised with a special trip to Fairlane Town Center, where each child received a gift card to be spent during a shopping spree! Families were paired with a member of the Detroit Tigers front office staff and a few lucky families had the opportunity to shop with Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter and his wife, Katrina, FSD Broadcaster Shannon Hogan, Broadcaster Rod Allen, Tigers pitching coach, Jeff Jones and his wife, Paula and Tigers mascot, PAWS.
Through the generosity of Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez and his wife Ana, the Tigers launched Sanchez's Little Smiles. Through the program, the Sanchez family invites 19 guests to attend a Tigers game. The evening includes tickets to the Sanchez family suite, Sanchez's Little Smiles t-shirts, ballpark fare catering, along with the opportunity to watch batting practice from the field and meet Anibal Sanchez. All guests receive an autographed photo of Anibal Sanchez.
Participating families are selected in partnership with local charitable organizations focused on serving the needs of families faced with the challenges of caring for children with health concerns and other adversities. The charity partners include Children's Hospital of Michigan, Variety - the Children's Charity, and COTS (Coalition on Temporary Shelter)
Major League Baseball and the Tigers partner with Komen for the Cure to go to bat against breast cancer. The goal of this campaign is to increase breast cancer awareness and promote early detection while also raising funds to support research.
The Tigers donate over 1,000 tickets to survivors, their families, and volunteers of Komen Detroit Race for the Cure to attend a home game. Nearly 250 Survivors from Race for the Cure were invited to be recognized prior to the game.
The Tigers also hosted the 2015 Honorary Bat Girl, Heidi Westpal of Saginaw, as selected through an online contest at tigers.com to recognize inspirational MLB fans that have been affected by breast cancer.
This season, FOX Sports Detroit broadcaster Rod Allen shares his experience as a major league broadcaster with the next generation of broadcast stars. Allen launched Rookies on Deck (R.O.D) in 2015, where he invited students from the Radio, Television and Communications program at Detroit School of Arts for a special opportunity at the Fox Sports Detroit studio and at Comerica Park to educate students about careers in sports broadcasting.
The Program consisted of three sessions. The first two sessions involved the students touring various components of broadcasting with FOX Sports Detroit including the FOX Sports Detroit Studio, Detroit Tigers Ernie Harwell Media Center, the FOX Sports Detroit production truck, "Tigers Live" Stage at Comerica Park.
The program concluded with a personal visit by Rod Allen to the Detroit School of Arts.
Through the generosity of Tigers infielder Ian Kinsler and his wife Tess, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, launched Kinsler's Kids during the 2014 season. Through the program, the Kinsler family invites 20 guests from local charitable organizations focused on serving the needs of children to attend a Tigers baseball game. The Kinsler's Kids program provides families the opportunity to enjoy a special evening of Tigers baseball at Comerica Park. The special evening includes tickets to the Kinsler Family's luxury suite, Kinsler's Kids t-shirts, ballpark fare catering and an autographed photo signed by Ian Kinsler.
The Kinsler's Kids program hosts children and families on select dates throughout the season. The children and families are selected from The Children's Center and Children's Hospital of Michigan.
On a Sunday afternoon in July, Tigers infielder Nick Castellanos surprised the Munger Lions youth baseball team at their practice in Detroit. Castellanos joined coaches to reinforce the understanding of the fundamental skills of the game including position work and conditioning.
Later that day the Tigers hosted the Munger Lions at Comerica Park through Buses for Baseball, a partnership with the Major League Baseball Players Trust. The Tigers provided complimentary tickets, bus transportation by way of the FOX Sports Fan Express, along with the opportunity to watch batting practice from the field and meet Tigers players and coaches.
For 33 years, Gleaners Food Bank has fed the hungry in southeast Michigan. With the growing number of children and families in need of food, the Detroit Tigers saw the need to help. This year's Thanksgiving Community Giving Program brought more than 30 volunteers from the Tigers front office. With the efforts of everyone involved, the Tigers Staff was able to package 60,513 pounds of food in 2,786 boxes that will be distributed to local charities for children and families in need. This was truly a great representation of enhancing lives!
Comerica Bank created the Grand Slam Grant in 2011 to help public high schools in Michigan create, expand or improve a baseball or softball program. Past winners of this grant include Kalamazoo Central High School, Lincoln High School, Detroit Renaissance High School, Cass Technical High School and Holland High Schools. The recipients of the 2014 Comerica Bank Grand Slam Grant included Robichaud High School and Mona Shores High School and each received $10,000 to support their baseball and softball programs. The high schools plan to use the funding towards renovations for their baseball and softball facilities which are also utilized by local youth ball clubs. Students from both schools' baseball and softball programs were honored in a special on-field pregame ceremony featuring Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis.
The Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball have partnered with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) organizations nationwide to raise awareness about the disease. The initiative remembers the great Lou Gehrig who inspired so many with his outstanding on-field achievements and unparalleled strength of body, mind and character. As Baseball remembers the legend, the team honors all who have been touched by ALS, the disease that came to be named after the baseball great.
MLB and the Detroit Tigers partnered with many ALS organizations for this initiative, including ALS Association, Michigan Chapter, ALS of Michigan, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Greater Detroit District (MDA), ALS TDI and Project ALS.
Representatives from the ALS Association Michigan Chapter, ALS of Michigan, ALS TDI and the Muscular Dystrophy Association Greater Detroit District were recognized during a pregame ceremony on the field at Comerica Park.
To recognize April as Autism awareness month, the Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball partnered with Jack's Place for Autism, a foundation started by Tigers broadcaster Jim Price and his wife Lisa. Together, they raised awareness to support research and advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, and educated the community about Autism. Part of the partnership included a pregame ceremony with Jim Price, Lisa Price, and Tigers.
The Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, partnered with Channel 955 (WKQI-FM) and Mojo in the Morning's Time Team Detroit for a service project at Christ Child House in Detroit. Christ Child House provides care to boys who suffer from developmental, emotional and behavioral impairments as a result of abuse and neglect.
With Tigers mascot PAWS, over 50 volunteers helped refurbish the baseball field at the facility, refresh the grounds with new landscaping, flowers, paint and more. In addition to the service project, the Detroit Tigers Foundation donated youth baseball equipment including gloves, baseballs, bats, helmets and catcher's gear to Christ Child House along with tickets for the boys to enjoy a Tigers baseball game this season.
In partnership with Major League Baseball and the American Academy of Dermatology, the Detroit Tigers brought attention to the prevention of skin cancer through MLB's Play Sun Smart Campaign. The Tigers held a pregame ceremony featuring local representatives of the American Academy of Dermatology to celebrate the partnership with MLB and encourage fans to practice sun safe behavior.