WHO: Curtis Granderson (NY Mets) and Cameron Maybin (Detroit Tigers) join forces to host a Grand Kids Youth Baseball Camp at William Clay Ford Field on Saturday, August 6th at 9:30AM. The camp will be Granderson’s first community program in the City of Detroit since leaving the Tigers in 2009– reuniting with former teammate and camp co-host, Tigers Outfielder – Cameron Maybin.
“Detroit will always be a special place for me – it’s where I started my career, it’s where I hit my first Major League homerun, it’s where I got my start,” said Granderson. “It’s been a long time since Cam and I played together, so I’m thrilled to be on the same field again – along with 150 new teammates for the day.”
“Almost a decade ago, Granderson and I were young kids with a dream of playing professional baseball,” said Maybin. “On Saturday, we’ll have a chance to share that dream and hopefully inspire these kids to work towards their own goals – no matter how hard the challenge. It’s going to be great to share the same uniform with Grandy again – even if only for a few hours.”
The Curtis Granderson + Cameron Maybin Camp will host over 150 kids from Detroit’s inner city for Grand Kids Baseball 101 – a program focused on introductory baseball techniques and skills for entry-level youth. The program will take place at William Clay Ford Field at the Woodbridge Community Youth Center, sponsored by UAW-Ford – who donated $1.8 million for the newly renovated ballpark in 2015.
“We enjoy partnering with organizations like the Grand Kids Foundation, enabling us to continue to host programs that provide safe, recreational activities to youth in our local communities,” said UAW-Ford Vice President Jimmy Settles. “These activities bring value added social skills and improve development, such efforts not only help people, but also saves lives.”
The program will conclude with a complimentary lunch provided by Gleaners Food Bank and their Hunger Free Summer Program – a long time Grand Kids Foundation partner focused on solving food insecurity in southeast Michigan.
WHAT: Complimentary youth baseball clinic hosted by Curtis Granderson and Cameron Maybin. Program to feature a baseball clinic, including four interactive stations: Louisville Slugger station, throwing/pitching, infield and outfield; Picnic lunch provide by Gleaners Food Bank.
Visit http://www.thegrandkidsfoundation.org/dyc-about for more information.
WHEN: Saturday, August 6, 2016,9:30AM – 11:30AM
WHERE: WILLIAM CLAY FORD FIELD, 1200 W Canfield St. Detroit, MI 48201
MEDIA Christina Coleman (631) 831-5957
Curtis Granderson and Cameron Maybin will be available for interviews upon request. Media credentials for event require an RSVP and are subject to approval. Include full name and media association in RSVP.
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About Curtis Granderson & Grand Kids Foundation:
Established in 2007, the Grand Kids Foundation focuses on aiding positive youth development via education, physical fitness and nutrition – providing tools and resources for educational and societal advancement. In 2009, Curtis released a children’s book, All You Can Be, which shares personal stories from his youth encouraging children to chase after their dreams. Proceeds from All You Can Be benefit the Grand Kids Foundation.
Curtis Granderson serves as a National Ambassador of the White House’s anti-obesity campaign Let’s Move, National Spokesperson of the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Drink Up water initiative and International Ambassador of Major League Baseball. In 2012, Granderson made a personal donation of $5 Million to his alma mater – The University of Illinois at Chicago – for the development of Curtis Granderson Stadium, which is home to UIC Flames Baseball and the Chicago Baseball & Education Academy.
About Cameron Maybin:
Since joining Major League Baseball in 2007, Maybin has dedicated his time off the field to serving communities in need. In addition to his philanthropic efforts in his hometown of Asheville, NC – Maybin has supported the markets in which he’s played including Detroit, Miami, San Diego & Atlanta. He currently serves as an Ambassador for LEAF Schools & Streets – A non-profit organization that builds community culture and enriches lives through arts and music in his hometown.
About Gleaners Food Bank:
For nearly 40 years, Gleaners Community Food Bank has been “feeding hungry people and nourishing our communities.” Last year, Gleaners distributed more than 34 million pounds of emergency food to over 535 partner schools, soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties. Of every dollar donated, Gleaners uses 93 cents for food and food programs.