Proper equipment is critical to playing baseball and softball in Detroit and throughout the state of Michigan. Gloves For Kids is an important component of Play Baseball Detroit, providing Michigan’s youth with the proper equipment to participate in organized baseball and softball. For more information, email [email protected].
The Club is committed to improving the quality of youth baseball and softball in Detroit through the Play Baseball Detroit program.
Throughout the year, the Detroit Tigers Foundation donates sportsmanship signs to youth baseball and softball fields in the Metro Detroit area. These signs remind all to display sportsmanship on and off the field.
The Detroit Tigers Foundation assisted Orchard Lake St. Mary’s High School in renovating its varsity baseball field. During a dedication ceremony in October 2018, the refurbished field was named Dan Petry Field, honoring the former Tigers All Star pitcher who continues to volunteer his time as an assistant baseball coach at the school.
The Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of llitch Charities, awarded a $40,000 grant to the S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center at the former Lipke Recreation Center to help renovate a baseball field named after Judge Damon J. Keith, a childhood mentor of 1968 World Series Champion, Willie Horton. The Tigers Foundation grant, in addition to money awarded by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), helped renovate the playing surface, drainage, irrigation, backstop, dugouts and fencing, and provided maintenance equipment.
On April 18, 2017, the newly renovated Wayne State Baseball Field was dedicated in the name of legendary Tigers broadcaster, Ernie Harwell. Made possible in part by a grant from the Detroit Tigers Foundation, the field has many historical baseball remnants significant to Mr. Harwell, including a replica Fenway Park outfield wall, the old Tiger stadium scoreboard and the new stadium will be located adjacent to Brooklyn Street which also happened to be one of his early professional broadcasting stops with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The field has the amenities of today with a nostalgic acknowledgment of the past in a stadium that mirrors the facade of Ebbets Field.
Team Tigers is a free online registration and rewards program that helps strengthen and expand baseball and softball in the greater Detroit region. By joining Team Tigers, thousands of t-ball, baseball and softball players receive the opportunity to apply for baseball and softball equipment, Major League coaching instruction and complimentary Tigers tickets.
'Tiny Tigers' is a t-ball and junior baseball program for children ages 4-8, the youngest members of Play Baseball Detroit. Since its inception in 2008, more than 6,250 children have enrolled in the Tiny Tigers program in partnership with Detroit PAL.
The Detroit Tigers are committed to bringing baseball and softball to youth across the state of Michigan, with a focus in the Metro Detroit area. The Detroit Tigers Foundation hosts 18 Tigers Summer Baseball/Softball Camps from June through August. More than 600 boys and girls ages 6-14 participated in its inaugural year.
The Detroit Tigers Foundation hosts the annual Pitch, Hit & Run competition at Comerica Park showcasing youth athletes’ skills in pitching, hitting and running. The winners from the day qualify for the national competition during MLB All-Star Week.
The Detroit Tigers Foundation, in partnership with the Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids Foundation and the Miracle League of Michigan, Southfield, hosted the annual Detroit Tigers Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids. This camp offers youth with special needs the opportunity to learn and play the game of baseball with their favorite Tigers players and share their love for the game.
The Detroit Tigers Foundation and USA Baseball introduced the Fun At Bat program to elementary schools throughout the Detroit Public School Community District. Fun At Bat is a free curriculum available for schools nationwide that aims to provide children with a fun and active experience while reinforcing teamwork, honesty, responsibility, and to create an environment that produces both healthier and more well-rounded youth.
The Detroit Tigers Foundation, in partnership with Playworks Michigan, launched a five-week after-school intramural plastic bat and ball league in 2017. The league, which is offered in 20 schools, serving over 300 elementary school students, includs a whiffle ball tournament and a season-end jamboree.
The Detroit Tigers Foundation hosts an annual field maintenance clinic at Comerica Park with attendees from local parks and recreation departments, school districts and nonprofit organizations. Attendees learn tips and techniques from Detroit Tigers Head Groundskeeper Heather Nabozny on infield maintenance, mound and home plate management, game day preparation and turf management.
The Detroit Tigers offer youth the opportunity to learn and interact with Detroit Tigers coaches and players in a fun and memorable way during PLAY BALL Weekend (PBW). PBW is a league-wide MLB initiative that introduces youth to the game of baseball and softball and offers education on healthy and active lifestyle options. The Tigers celebrated PBW with a kids-only press conference, a pregame on-field clinic for fans and a ceremony to honor outstanding youth players.
The Detroit Tigers, along with Positive Athlete Michigan, celebrate high school student-athletes for making contributions to their communities while overcoming difficult circumstances and inspiring those around them with a day at Comerica Park. The athletes receiving the Positive Athlete Award and two coaches are honored during an on-field ceremony and check presentation.
The Detroit Tigers Foundation in conjunction with the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association (MHSBCA) hosts the annual East vs. West High School All-Star Game at Comerica Park. This game celebrates the top high school baseball players around the state of Michigan.
The Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball launched a baseball-themed, online education program called Summer Slugger. This interactive course makes learning fun during vacation months. Due to the shift in education as a result of COVID-19, the curriculum is available for individuals, students, schools and community organizations at no cost. To sign up, use code "tigers" at summerslugger.com/tigers today!