Max Scherzer and Erica May Launch ‘Scherzer’s Superstars’ to Give Back to the Community
It all began at a Biking for Baseball event a year ago.
“Biking for baseball is a non-profit based out of Colorado, where I’m from,” said May. “They were doing a picnic here with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Detroit and we ended up meeting them and just absolutely loved the program, loved the kids and wanted to build off that.”
The two came up with the idea for Scherzer’s Superstars, a weekly program where Scherzer and May, in conjunction with the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, host a group of deserving young people and their mentors from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit at a Tigers game.
“Max and I are really big on education, because that is the foundation for everything,” said May. “Over 90% of all their participants graduate from high school, which we think is a great starting point. We thought this would be a great opportunity to not only get the kids involved and focus on them, but also reward the mentors who are so vital to the program.”
For the rest of the season, Scherzer and May will host young people and their mentors every Tuesday home game at Comerica Park. The group will be welcomed down to the field for batting practice, given Scherzer’s Superstars t-shirts, and even meet Max Scherzer and some of his Tigers teammates before the game.
“We’ve always been involved on the sidelines,” said May. “We really wanted to take the opportunity that we have here in Detroit and take a more active role in the community. So far, it’s working out well. The kids are excited. We’re excited. It’s going to be a great experience.”