Former Detroit Tigers’ legend Willie Horton and Meijer are making the Detroit Police Athletic League $750,000 richer.
PAL will announce Meijer as the presenting sponsor of the Willie Horton Field of Dreams with a $750,000 gift at an event today at the Detroit Yacht Club. The reception is at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6. As many as 400 business leaders and PAL supporters were expected to be in attendance, according to a news release from Detroit PAL.
The Willie Horton Field of Dreams presented by Meijer will allow kids from Detroit and the surrounding communities to play diamond sports, football, soccer and more at the new headquarters and stadium at the site where Tiger Stadium used to stand.
“Detroit PAL is very excited to announce the Willie Horton Field of Dreams, presented by Meijer,” said Detroit PAL CEO Tim Richey. “Meijer’s commitment to youth sports is making a difference all over the Midwest and we are proud work with them to get kids playing at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull.”
Detroit PAL is presenting awards to Meijer, Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) and the Detroit Pistons:
The nonprofit group also is recognizing a program volunteer with the Cynthia Covington “Volunteer of the Year” Award and will name its 2017 Youth Ambassador. This year, Detroit police officer Donald Parker is being honored for his participation in the Team Up Program. In addition, Caidon Haliburton is being named as representative of Detroit PAL’s 13,000 youth athletes.
The event is highlighting PAL's successful year of fundraising toward their “Kids at the Corner” capacity campaign. The campaign was launched in 2015 when it was announced that Detroit PAL would be redeveloping the historic Tiger Stadium site with a fund-raising goal of $20 million.