Many times, a professional sports team’s “charity” with the local hospital involves sending a few middle relievers or backup infielders to the children’s floor to sign autographs and take a few pictures.
But the Detroit Tigers do things a little differently. Instead of sending players to the hospital for visits, the Tigers are bringing children to the ballpark.
It’s all part of the Third Annual “Keeping Kids in the Game” fundraising event, from 6-11 p.m. CT August 18 at Comerica Park.
Tigers All Stars Miguel Cabrera and Carlos Guillen will host the event, which includes several memorable activities and takeaways for those in attendance. Featuring exclusive ballpark and field access, self-guided tours of the Tigers clubhouse, a photo station in the dugout, and a private fireworks show, guests will also enjoy live entertainment, an auction, and a dinner in the Tiger Club.
And, in a scene that would bring a tear to the eye of Ty Cobb (well, maybe the more fun-loving Germany Schaefer), everyone will have access to a Ferris Wheel, face painters, balloon and tattoo artists, and even Tigers mascot PAWS.
The children are invited through the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and they will be sponsored by numerous Tigers players, who will visit with, pose for pictures, and sign autographs for the patients.
All proceeds from the $250 ticket price support children’s health and youth baseball programs facilitated by the 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, Fundación Chamos Venezolanos, a charity established by Amelia and Carlos Guillen and Fundación Miguel Cabrera, a charity being established by Rosangel and Miguel Cabrera.
Tickets may be purchased online at the Tigers Foundation website, or by calling 313-471-2113.
Kudos to the Tigers for this event, which is surely worthy of a Gold Star. Keep up the great work and making a difference in the lives of many.
© 2011 The Good In Sports