With the Tiger’s away the kids came out to play. For 15 years the Detroit Tigers and Comerica Park have been opening their doors to children all over the metro-Detroit area for the annual Willie Horton’s Batting for Kids event. This once a year occasion teaches kids the fundamentals of the sport of baseball. The activities offered fosters fun, teamwork and fitness.
Hundreds of children ages 5-14, get to run, bat and pitch on the field where all the great Major League Baseball players play day-to-day. Stations are set-up throughout the field to help engage children during the four-hour event. Local University baseball players were on hand at each stop to help teach the kids the necessary skills in order to become a great baseball player. Volunteers escorted the kids to the various spots on the field and made the day run smoothly.
Don Bosco Hall, Molina Healthcare and even CBS 62/ The CW50 are some of the many sponsors that contribute each year to this local event.
Four time participant and four time pitching winner of the event, Valentino Tischio said, “It gets everyone together and it gives kids a chance to come out on the field and play where the Tigers play.”
By participating in the event the kids have the chance to be judged on batting, hitting and pitching. The winners of each of the categories are invited back to a Tiger’s game where they will be awarded by three current Tiger’s players and Willie Horton.
“The awards are the best part for the kids. They go out on the field and they have their awards and their faces are up on the screen,” said Christine Gavin-Patterson, Community and Fun Development for Don Bosco Hall.
The CW50 Street Team once again had a wonderful time at the 15th Annual Willie Horton’s Batting for Kids, we can’t wait to be back next year!