The Detroit Tigers Foundation presented nearly $250,000 in grants to 18 organizations during an on-field, pregame ceremony yesterday. The grants will directly support extraordinary organizations that serve thousands of children and families throughout the state of Michigan.
As a result of the grants:
? 13 baseball or softball fields and four batting cages will be improved throughout seven diverse
communities in Michigan, directly enhancing the lives of 7,000 young aspiring baseball players.
? Youth baseball programs will be expanded in seven cities, providing new opportunities for more than
3,000 children to play and enjoy the game of baseball.
? Two elite urban travel teams will be able to compete in regional and national tournaments featuring the
best youth baseball teams in the country.
? Tiny Tigers, a summer Tee Ball and Junior Baseball program in partnership with the Boys & Girls
Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, will be expanded from two to five clubs.
? The Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship, a three-day youth baseball and softball tournament held
in Detroit, will be expanded to host nearly 600 youth ranging in ages from 8-19.
? The Detroit Tigers Autism Connections League will return for its fourth year in partnership with the
Judson Center, offering organized youth baseball for children with autism.
? 98 youth with special-needs will compete in the 2010 Special Olympics Summer Sports Class softball
? Think Detroit PAL, the largest provider of youth baseball programming in Detroit, will hire a full-time
youth baseball commissioner to manage a league that serves nearly 1,500 children per year.
? A comprehensive Tigers-themed educational supplement and poster, with a focus on reading and
literacy, will be distributed to more than 75,000 students throughout Michigan.
And it has! Today’s game starts at 1:05PM. Here are the details:
Tigers players do numerous things to support our community. Today, two players gave a little bit of their time to help worthy causes:
Over 400 students at Shrine Catholic Grade School got a special visit from Max Scherzer who read “The ABC’s of Detroit Tigers Baseball” as part of the Detroit Free Press Newspapers in Education program.
Tigers shortstop Adam Everett filmed a PSA in the Tiger Club with Jason Carr of FOX-2 in support of The Salvation Army.
The Tigers return home tonight to face the Yankees, and to honor Ernie Harwell. Preparations have included producing a memorial card to be distributed to fans upon entry,
preparing a jersey for tonight’s anthem singer Jose Feliciano:
and preparing a commemorative flag with the initials “EH” to fly over Comerica Park for the remainder of the season. A full list of tonight’s events can be found in ”Tigers Tonight” below.