Founded in 2002, Willie Horton's "Batting for Kids" is a youth baseball clinic and skills competition that focuses on enhancing the lives of children by improving their self-esteem and increasing their personal commitment to achievement. In partnership with Don Bosco Hall, over 450 Detroit area youth have participated each year in a baseball skills competition promoting the enrichment of youth and recreational sports.
The Club is committed to improving the quality of youth baseball and softball in Detroit through the Play Baseball Detroit program.
Willie Horton Batting for Kids
Fantasy Camp for Kids
The 2017 Detroit Tigers Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids was like a dream, as youth with special needs had the opportunity to learn and play the game of baseball with the Detroit Tigers. Tigers players worked with 57 players from Miracle League of Michigan to improve their baseball skills and share their love for the game. The event is hosted by the Detroit Tigers Foundation in partnership with the Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids Foundation and the Miracle League of Michigan, Southfield.
The PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity among Youth) Campaign is a league-wide program of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society, the Taylor Hooton Foundation and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. Tigers Head Athletic Trainer Kevin Rand and his staff hosted nearly 100 participants that learned the importance of staying fit, being active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle to prevent childhood obesity. The event also featured a session with the Taylor Hooton Foundation on the harmful effects of steroids and performance enhancing substances. Former Tigers Pitcher and PBATS special guest, Jason Johnson spoke about his playing days with diabetes.
Major League Baseball's Play Ball initiative is about inspiring everyone to play ball.