With the start of the 2014 baseball season, the Detroit Tigers Foundation and FOX Sports Detroit are pleased to launch a unique partnership with the BowTie Cause Foundation to offer a limited edition Bow Tie to benefit youth baseball in the greater Detroit community.
The signature Bow Tie features the Tigers organization's classic blue and orange colors in a pattern designed to represent both the stiches on a baseball and the tread of a tire cruising around the Motor City. The first 276 Bow Ties are numbered on the back, each representing a regular season win during the team's Back-to-Back-to-Back American League Central Division Championships from 2011-2013.
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 $14 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 BowTie in silent support of his good friend. Today, Kunta has fully recovered and they both rock BowTies to support others. Since its beginning in 2010, BowTie Cause has provided the same avenue of support that Dhani gave Kunta, by designing signature BowTies for organizations around the country.
Thank you for supporting the Detroit Tigers Foundation's mission by rocking a Bow Tie this season!