For kids with special needs, access to sports and accommodating playing fields can be hard to come by. Recognizing a need, the Detroit Tigers Foundation in partnership with the Easterseals Miracle League and Fantasy Camp for Kids Foundation recently hosted youth from across the state of Michigan to enjoy a day filled with baseball and fun.
The event was held at the Easterseals Miracle League Field in Southfield, Michigan, a facility specifically designed to ensure that baseball is accessible. Stations led by Detroit Tigers players Reese Olson and Brendan White, and player spouses Gigi Manning and Tali Mize, were set up for youth to focus on the three integral parts of baseball: throwing, hitting, and fielding. The Tigers players and significant others were assisted by volunteers from the Detroit Tigers front office and Easterseals of Michigan to ensure that each child and their families had an unforgettable experience.
Each participant left the event with new baseball knowledge in addition to a customized Detroit Tigers jersey, a Tigers hat and memories that will last a lifetime.
“I’m excited for the kids to come out and enjoy an experience that is like no other,” said Matthew Williams, Manager of Community Impact for the Detroit Tigers. “Every child should have the opportunity to play a sport, I’m glad the Tigers are a part of bringing baseball to all kids.”
For a look at the event and to hear from players and families who participated, check out this video: