On July 27th, Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera hosted the 9th annual Keeping Kids in the Game presented by Lear Corporation and Delta Air Lines, 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.
The Detroit Tigers Foundation is the official charity of the Detroit Tigers baseball club and is an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, a 501(c)(3) public charity. The mission of the Foundation is to enhance lives through the game of baseball with a focus on youth, education and recreation. From ticket donations and field renovation projects to an award winning, State-wide anti-bullying program, the Foundation aids in the development and funding of innovative programs that reach Tigers fans with positive messages and promote the good citizenship embodied in the storied history of the Detroit Tigers.
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 $315,000 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 their 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 partners for supporting this annual event:
America's Choice Insurance Partners
BELFOR Property Restoration
Delta Air Lines
FOX Sports Detroit
Granite City Food & Brewery
Hard Rock Café Detroit
Helmets to Hardhats
Hudsonville Creamery & Ice Cream Company
Innovative Research, Inc.
Johnnie on the Spot Printing and Creative Copy
Lucido Fine Jewelry
Midnite Oil Creative
MotorCity Casino Hotel
Paulson, Clancy & Friends
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Second Story Interiors
Terri's Cakes Detroit
The Melting Pot of Troy
Tobacco Rose Cigars
Valerie Elliott & Family
Tigers players, wives and executives joined the Detroit Tigers Foundation to visit the Detroit Tigers Dominican Academy to present over 500 pieces of youth baseball equipment and 100 Tigers T-shirts to children from Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, a charity that cares for orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America and the Caribbean and runs a youth baseball program and orphanage adjacent to the Academy.
In partnership with Playworks Michigan, the Detroit Tigers Foundation launched an after-school intramural whiffle ball league in 2017. Offered in 20 schools, serving approximately 200 elementary school students from low-to mixed-income families, the five-week league includes a whiffle ball tournament and season-end jamboree event.
The 50/50 raffle program allows fans to support a good cause while gaining a chance to win big. Each lucky winner receives half of the raffle proceeds, while the other half benefits the Detroit Tigers Foundation, to support youth, education and recreation. Since its inception in 2008, the program has raised nearly $2 million to support the greater Detroit community.
Launched in 2008, "Play Baseball Detroit" is a comprehensive urban youth baseball outreach program dedicated to expanding and strengthening youth baseball and softball programs in the greater Detroit community. The multi- faceted program includes equipment collections, school rallies, youth clinics and a competitive tournament to encourage and develop our region's young athletes into the baseball stars of tomorrow.