Miguel Cabrera is widely considered one of the best hitters in the history of baseball. The 2012 Triple Crown winner, 12x All-Star, 2x MVP and 7x Silver Slugger award winner is also one of the game’s most caring, selfless and giving individuals.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Miguel stepped up, on and off the field, to support the cause. In 2021, Miguel joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to promote COVID-19 vaccinations in the State of Michigan, serving as a co-chair of the Protect Michigan Commission. As part of this effort, Miguel recorded PSAs in English and Spanish to motivate residents to get vaccinated, wear masks and socially distance to reduce the spread of the virus.
Additionally, in response to the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, Miguel and his wife, Rosangel, partnered with the Detroit Tigers Foundation, to donate $250,000 to benefit children and families in Detroit. The donation helped provide meals for children, technology for students, daycare for families and high-quality face masks for Detroiters through grants to the following community partners:
- The Detroit Public Schools Community District: $50,000 to aid in meal distribution to students and families. The donation provided the logistical support needed to ensure families continued to receive breakfast and lunch throughout the COVID-19 school closure.
- The Detroit Public Schools Foundation: $50,000 to support the Connected Future initiative to help address the digital divide that exists for DPSCD students by providing tablets, six months of sponsored internet and IT support for all 51,000 DPSCD students.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL) and Brilliant Detroit: $140,000 to support a unique collaboration between three local nonprofit organizations to provide affordable childcare for families in Detroit. In total, nearly 3,000 children benefitted from this collaborative effort.
- G1 Impact: $10,000 to support a philanthropic collaboration to hire Detroiters to manufacture 100,000 reusable, hospital-grade masks for children and families in Detroit. The Cabrera family donation aided in purchasing 2,000 masks which were distributed to residents in the Durfee/Central High School area.
In addition to providing financial support in 2020, Miguel lent his image and likeness to a U.S. Census campaign encouraging Census completion in traditionally low participating communities. The campaign, in both English and Spanish, was targeted toward Latin and Hispanic families in Detroit and throughout Michigan.
Long before the COVID-19 crisis, Miguel’s dream of becoming an accomplished baseball player inspired him and Rosangel to establish the Miguel Cabrera Foundation, a charitable organization founded on Miguel’s belief that we can achieve great things when we work hard, dream big and help others.
Launched with a specific mission to revitalize baseball fields in neighborhoods and to provide academic college scholarships, the Miguel Cabrera Foundation has awarded grants locally and abroad, including gifts to renovate the Clark Park neighborhood baseball field and registration scholarships for the Miracle League of Michigan. In 2017, Miguel established the Cabrera Family Scholarship endowment, awarding two annual renewable college scholarships to first-generation college students in Michigan and South Florida.
Prior to establishing the Miguel Cabrera Foundation, Miguel personally supported charities of varying causes including the Detroit Tigers Foundation. Miguel continues to be an avid supporter of the Detroit Tigers Foundation, serving as annual host of the “Keeping Kids in the Game” event, the Foundation’s signature summer fundraiser to benefit children’s health and youth baseball. The event has raised more than $2.4 million since 2009.
Beyond personal donations and charitable grants and scholarships, Miguel is extremely generous with his time, especially when it comes to children that are sick or have disabilities.
Since 2011 Miguel has annually attended the Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids in partnership with the Miracle League of Michigan.