The Detroit Tigers Foundation Bow Tie is back! Together with FOX Sports Detroit and the BowTie Cause Foundation, the Detroit Tigers Foundation is proud to offer a new limited edition Bow Tie to benefit youth baseball in the greater Detroit community. Starting in the month of September, the Detroit Tigers Foundation will sell 500 limited edition custom bow ties in recognition of Pediatric Cancer Awareness month.
Proceeds from the sale of the bow ties will benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation and the ChadTough Foundation. Chad Carr was the grandson of former University of Michigan Head Football Coach, Lloyd Carr. In the fall of 2015, Chad sadly lost his battle with an inoperable brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Giloma (DIPG). In honor of Chad's favorite color, orange, the bow tie design features a pattern of orange home plates each with a likeness of Chad flexing his muscles. The home plates lay over a blue background, reminiscent of the hundreds of orange balloons released to the blue sky following Chad's celebration of life memorial service. The first 500 Bow Ties are numbered with a gold sticker on the custom Bow Tie box, in honor of Chad's love for stickers and featuring Gold, the color of Childhood Cancer Awareness.
The Detroit Tigers Foundation, the team's official charity, was established in 2005 as an affiliate of Ilitch Charities with the mission of enhancing lives through the game of baseball with a focus on youth, education and recreation. From youth baseball programs and field renovation projects to a State-wide anti-bullying program, the Foundation aids in the development and funding of innovative programs that reach Tigers fans with positive messages and promote the good citizenship embodied in the storied history of the Detroit Tigers. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded over $19 million in grants, Tigers tickets and college scholarships throughout the State of Michigan, northern Ohio and southern Ontario, Canada.
After being drafted by the New York Giants in 2000, Dhani Jones was challenged by his good friend Kunta Littlejohn when he said, "If you wanna be somebody, you gotta rock a Bow Tie." Dhani thought he was crazy and dismissed it. At the time, Kunta was battling Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Dhani had been searching for a way to support him. As clarity begets action, Dhani started rockin' a Bow Tie in silent support of his good friend. Today, Kunta has fully recovered and they both rock Bow Ties to support others. Since its beginning in 2010, BowTie Cause has provided the same avenue of support that Dhani gave Kunta, by designing signature Bow Ties for organizations around the country.