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In honor of Roberto Clemente Day, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, in partnership with bubly sparkling water and United Way for Southeastern Michigan, hosted a back-to-school event for students and teachers at Roberto Clemente Learning Academy, marking the culmination of a month-long volunteer campaign and showcasing the partnership’s commitment to the community. 

The event featured Tigers pitcher Eduardo Rodríguez and infielder Andy Ibáñez actively participating alongside students and teachers and was filled with activities and excitement. Director of Community Impact for Ilitch Sports + Entertainment, Kevin Brown, said, “This event exemplifies our commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of students and their families.”

This year, the initiative provided more than 7,000 backpacks and essential school supplies to K-12 students across communities in Southeast Michigan. The average cost of school supplies for an elementary school student is $110, while high school students often face expenses exceeding $300. By providing these essential materials to families, they are able to allocate their resources toward other essential expenses.

“Access to quality education is vital, and this generous donation will undoubtedly ease the burden on our students and their families,” said Maria Hernandez-Martinez, Principal of Roberto Clemente Learning Academy.

Learn more about the event in this video: