The Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball have partnered with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) organizations nationwide to raise awareness about the disease. The initiative remembers the great Lou Gehrig who inspired so many with his outstanding on-field achievements and unparalleled strength of body, mind and character. As Baseball remembers the legend, the team honors all who have been touched by ALS, the disease that came to be named after the baseball great with an on-field ceremony.
The Club is committed to being active in the community by hosting events on and off the field. Partnering with Major League Baseball and local charities, the Tigers execute various player programs, support educational programs, provide scholarship opportunities and honor the different cultures in baseball.
To recognize April as Autism Awareness Month, the Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball partnered with Jack's Place for Autism, a foundation started by Tigers broadcaster Jim Price and his wife Lisa. Jack's Place for Autism was recognized during a pregame ceremony at Comerica Park, in an effort to help raise awareness of individuals impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer
The Detroit Tigers hosted the 2017 Major League Baseball Honorary Bat Girl, Lisa Meyer from Houghton, MI, as selected through an online contest at tigers.com to recognize inspirational fans that have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrated a commitment to the cause. Lisa was one of 30 winners selected by MLB from many entries.
The Detroit Tigers provided complimentary game tickets for Lisa and her family, access to watch batting practice from the field and the opportunity to throw the ceremonial first pitch. Lisa also received a special Honorary Bat Girl jersey and a Louisville Slugger Pink Bat engraved with her name along with other breast health awareness items.
Prostate Cancer Awareness
Major League Baseball and the Detroit Tigers teamed up to "Keep Dad In The Game" by dedicating Father's Day to the fight against prostate cancer.
The Detroit Tigers partnered with the Men's Health Foundation to invite 100 prostate cancer survivors on field to be recognized in a group recognition ceremony prior to the game. Nearly 500 tickets were donated to the Men's Health Foundation for the prostate cancer survivors and their families to attend the game.
Childhood Cancer Awareness
A special day is dedicated to bring awareness about childhood cancer during Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. In the United States, childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children aged 15 and under. MLB, in partnership with Stand Up To Cancer, is committed to eradicating the diseases that these brave young people face every day. The Tigers, in partnership with the Children's Leukemia Foundation, honored 16 patients with a pregame ceremony.
PLAY BALL is a MLB initiative that aims to give kids the opportunity to enjoy the game of baseball or softball in a fun environment by highlighting the many ways baseball and softball can be played while providing memorable experiences. PLAY BALL introduces young people to the sport who otherwise may not have the chance to experience it, offering healthy and active lifestyle options. The Tigers celebrated PLAY BALL with a kids only press conference, a middle school gym takeover, a Fox Sports Detroit Jr. announcer and a pregame on field clinic.