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.
"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. Launched in 2008 with the financial assistance of Detroit Tigers players, the program continues to be funded by the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities. The Play Baseball Detroit Day at Comerica Park is an on-field ceremony designed to bring recognition and exposure to all of the components of the Play Baseball Detroit program.
Play Baseball Detroit Day was hosted by the Detroit Tigers Foundation on June 28, and featured youth ballplayers from the Tiny Tigers, Baseball FUNdamentals, Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship and Team Tigers programs. The ceremony features awards for the Team Tigers Coach of the Year, for his/her dedication and commitment to youth baseball and softball, and the Champions Award Winner recognizing his/her longstanding dedication and profound impact on the game of baseball and softball.
Thousands of young t-ball, baseball and softball players in the greater Detroit region participate in 'Team Tigers', a free online registration and rewards program that helps strengthen and expand baseball and softball programs in our area.
Join 'Team Tigers' and your baseball or softball team will receive special 'Team Tigers' wristbands, a resource manual provided by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, and the opportunity to apply for youth baseball/softball equipment, Major League coaching instruction, and complimentary Tigers tickets!
The youngest members of Play Baseball Detroit are the Tiny Tigers. 'Tiny Tigers' is a tee ball and junior baseball program in partnership with Detroit PAL for children ages 4-8. Since its inception in 2008 more than 4,800 children have enrolled in the Tiny Tigers program.
At a time when health studies indicate that physical activity among young children is on the decline, the Detroit Tigers are working to put children on the path to a healthy future by promoting the game of baseball and encouraging students to join a Detroit area summer baseball/softball program.
Baseball FUNdamentals is the educational arm of "Play Baseball Detroit" that combines interactive Middle School Rallies, School Skills Clinics, and Community Clinics designed to create excitement and teach the fundamentals of the game.
Now in its 20th year, the "Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship" is a competitive end of season tournament hosted in partnership with the Youth Development Commission, the City of Detroit Recreation Department, and the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities.
The tournament is a week-long baseball and softball tournament that annually serves over 1,100 children ages 6-19. Additionally, the tournament features opening day ceremonies, a skills competition, Baseball Fun Day, High School Showcase, college admission and career education session and pregame ceremony at Comerica Park.
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 350 Detroit area youth participate each year in a baseball skills competition promoting the enrichment of youth and recreational sports. The 2016 Willie Horton's Batting for Kids took place at Comerica Park, and the top boy and girl in each age division were recognized during a special on-field ceremony.
The 2016 Detroit Tigers Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids was like a dream, as youth with special needs were given the opportunity to learn and play the game of baseball with the Detroit Tigers. Tigers pitchers Michael Fulmer and Kyle Ryan, and infielder Andrew Romine worked with 50 players from Miracle League of Michigan to improve their baseball skills and share their love for the game. The event was sponsored by the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities through the generosity of Jeremy Flug, Founder of Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids.
The Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, in conjunction with the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association (MHSBCA) held the 35th annual East vs. West High School All Star Game at Comerica Park. The game featured the best and brightest stars throughout the state of Michigan.
Youth ballplayers from Detroit and the surrounding communities were invited to Comerica Park for the P.L.A.Y Campaign, a program of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society, the Taylor Hooton Foundation and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. The program promotes healthy living by teaching youth the importance of staying fit, being active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann, Head Athletic Trainer Kevin Rand and his staff hosted nearly 100 youth during the on-field clinic where participants rotated to different stations each featuring a lesson related to healthy living. Participants learned agility drills, stretching techniques and had a question and answer session with Tigers catcher, James McCann.