Since arriving in Detroit, Mike has actively been involved with several charities, hospitals, Christian organizations and youth baseball initiatives. His empathy for giving, however, actually began in the minor leagues from visiting disabled veterans across the United States.
As one of the most active Tigers in the community, Mike heavily supports the Disabled American Veterans by visiting patients in VA hospitals, along with inviting veterans to games on his behalf.
In June 2003, Mike and his wife Brooke, felt the need to establish a program to assist in the fight against hunger. Together, Mike and Brooke contacted Syd Mandelbaum, the founder and national director of "Rock and Wrap It Up!" Through the collective efforts of the Maroth's and Tigers Clubhouse Manager Jim Schmakel, a Detroit-based program was established to take leftover food from the Tigers clubhouse and distribute it to local shelters within the city.
In September 2004, Mike and Brooke teamed up for literacy by participating in an annual neighborhood festival called "Unity in the Community," Mike signed autographs in exchange for donated books that were donated to ProLiteracy of Detroit, a literacy education program. For his efforts, The Detroit City Council presented Mike with its prestigious "Spirit of Detroit Award."
Mike has been honored by several organizations for his service to the community including: the 2004 Rock and Wrap It Up! Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Award, 2004 Exceptional Parent Magazine-EP Maxwell J. Scheifer Distinguished Service Award and the 2003 Lowell Spinners-Dick Berandino Alumni Award for productivity, work ethic and coaching ability benefiting the Cystinosis Research Network.
A devout Christian, Mike's inspiration comes from his faith in God. Mike supports several Christian fellowship initiatives by taking the time to speak before these groups and share his personal ministry. Annually, Mike addresses over 5,000 participants in the very successful Home Plate event sponsored by the Baseball Chapel at Comerica Park. Mike is also involved in the Tigers Care Dreams Come True Program, several youth baseball clinics and the Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan.
In the off-season, a well-rounded and humble person, Mike donated over 30 pairs of cleats to Think Detroit. Think Detroit is a non-profit organization that strengthens children through sports and technology.
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