Bank offers a $10,000 Grand Slam Grant

With baseball season right around the corner, Comerica Bank is searching for a team of deserving high school all stars whose baseball or softball program could use a little change-up. The bank is offering a $10,000 Grand Slam Grant to create, expand or improve a high school baseball or softball program in metro Detroit.

In addition to the grant, the selected school will also receive 100 pavilion tickets, 20 outfield box tickets and 18 suite tickets to the Detroit Tigers opening weekend game on April 9, 2011. The grant recipient will be recognized on the field prior to the game, and a school representative will have the opportunity to throw out the first pitch.

Public high schools in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lenawee and Washtenaw counties are eligible to apply for the Grand Slam Grant. The funds could be used for field improvements, equipment, training camps, or other baseball or softball-related expenses.

“The Grand Slam Grant is meant to encourage physical activity and foster athletic excellence in the metro Detroit communities Comerica serves,” said Thomas D. Ogden, president, Comerica Bank-Michigan. “With so many schools cutting baseball and softball budgets, we felt this was a way to ensure deserving kids have the tools they need to enjoy America’s favorite pastime the way it was meant to be played.”

Applications are available for download at  Completed applications, including supporting images if desired, must be emailed to [email protected] by no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 24. Winners will be notified by April 5 and recognized at Comerica Park on April 9.

Grant applications will be reviewed for a variety of factors including overall need, creativity, and school and community impact. The grant recipient will be selected by the Comerica Bank Grand Slam Grant Selection Committee, consisting of representatives from Comerica Bank and the Detroit Tigers. The selected school must agree to attend the check presentation at Comerica Park on April 9, 2011, where the grant recipient will be announced to the public.

Courtney Lawless

Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.

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