02/19/07 -- The Detroit News -
Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge and his
wife, Shani, will donate $100,000 to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott
Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor.
"As excited as I am about the season starting, I'm equally excited about this gift and what it will mean to the kids at Mott," Brandon Inge said in a statement. "Playing baseball, I'm in a situation where I feel responsible to be a role model to these kids and to give something back to them."
Since 2003, the Inges have been active in volunteering and fundraising for Mott patients and their families. In January, the Inges, along with past and present Tigers players and U-M athletes, participated in the Base-Bowl with Champions event, which raised more than $18,000 for Mott.
"We've made a genuine connection with so many of the patients and families, and we're always amazed at how they're able to keep their spirits up," Shani Inge said. "They truly lift our spirits and bring us a particular joy. That's why this gift isn't just a one-time thing for us. This gets the ball rolling so we can make sure these families have everything they need at Mott."
The Inges have a 2-year-old son and are expecting a second child in August.