Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, wife donate $250K for Detroit children's organizations

Evan Petzold
Detroit Free Press

Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera and his wife, Rosangel, are donating $250,000 in response to the coronavirus pandemic to help Detroit organizations that provide for children.

In partnership with the Detroit Tigers Foundation, the donation is being split several ways, the team announced Thursday: $140,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Michigan, Detroit PAL and Brilliant Detroit; $50,000 to the Detroit Public Schools Community District and another $50,000 to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.

"During these very tough times for all, my wife, Rosangel and I wanted to step up to help the Detroit community that is very special to us," Cabrera said in a statement. "Through our foundation, we have always focused on the well-being of children and we wanted to continue this effort in such a time of need.

"The people of Detroit have been so great to us over the years and we hope this brings some positive hope and positivity to this very strong city. We will get through this together."

Miguel Cabrera talks to minor league players during Detroit Tigers spring training at TigerTown in Lakeland, Fla., Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.

The three organizations receiving $140,000 will work together to provide affordable childcare for nearly 3,000 children. The pair of $50,000 donations to the Detroit Public Schools will help with meals for children and technology for students. Another $10,000 will provide 2,000 protective face masks through G1 Impact's organization to produce them for Detroit families.

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Cabrera joins Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire and pitcher Matthew Boyd in efforts to help with pandemic relief for Detroit families. Gardenhire and Boyd each gifted $5,000 to Big League Impact, which helps feed Detroit Public Schools students, the team announced in April.

There are more than 53,000 cases of COVID-19 in Michigan as of Wednesday and over 5,000 deaths. Statewide, nearly 1.05 million unemployment claims were filed in April. Of the 5,000 deaths, over 1,000 have occurred in Wayne County.

Other Detroit athletes that have donated throughout the pandemic. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and his wife, Kelly, donated $100,000 to provide meals to hospital workers. Stafford's teammate, Marvin Jones, and his wife, Jazmyn, gave 1,000 meals to first responders at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.

Pistons star Blake Griffin helped out by providing $100,000 to aid event workers at Little Caesars Arena. Red Wings star Dylan Larkin and his father, Kevin, donated 50,000 vinyl powder-free and nitrile gloves to the Detroit Medical Center and St. Joseph Mercy Medical Group.

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Tigers chairman and CEO Christopher Ilitch said Cabrera's donation continues to show he's "an all-time great both on the field and in the community." In March, Ilitch funded $1 million to Comerica Park employees as the pandemic postponed the start of the regular season. The other 29 MLB ownership groups followed his lead.

"All of us with the Tigers, and Ilitch Charities, are thankful for his and Rosangel's contribution to Detroit families and children in need," Ilitch said in a statement. "In addition to today's donation and partnership with the Detroit Tigers Foundation, we recognize the Cabrera family for years of awarding annual college scholarships, renovating baseball fields and hosting special fundraising events that positively impact thousands."

Evan Petzold is a sports reporting intern at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold