By Kyle Austin

Twenty baseball and softball fields throughout Michigan will be renovated courtesy of the Detroit Tigers Foundation, which is awarding more than $200,000 in grants to 15 organizations.

The grants were presented in a pregame ceremony prior to Sunday's game between the Tigers and the Oakland Athletics.

In addition to the renovations, the grant money will help expand a summer T-ball program and the Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship, a youth baseball and softball tournament. The money will also help provide training to more than 100 Detroit-area youth coaches, and will assist nearly 6,000 Michigan youth in all.

The grant money will also go toward constructing a barrier-free baseball field to serve special-needs children, and to produce and distribute a baseball-themed health education supplement for more than 68,000 students throughout the state.

"We are thrilled to touch the lives of so many children and are honored to support youth baseball programs not only in the city of Detroit, but in all of Michigan," Tigers foundation director Jordan Field said in a press release.

Grant recipients include:
Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan
Youth Development Commission
Bridgeport Charter Township Tri-Valley Miracle League
Think Detroit PAL
Regina High School
Michigan K.I.D.S.
Chelsea Recreation Council
Royal Oak Sandlot League
Don Bosco Hall
Boys and Girls Republic
Judson Center
Padres Baseball Organization, Inc.
Special Olympics Michigan
Escanaba Cubs Baseball Club
Camp Sancta Maria Trust


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