Max Murray, a thirteen-year-old from Manhattan, New York celebrated his Bar Mitzvah this year and chose Detroit PAL for his community project. He and his family are loyal Detroit Tigers fans and Max has played baseball since he was six. Naturally, he wanted a project that had a baseball and youth focus and decided to ask his friends and family to donate cleats and money to Detroit PAL in his honor. Twenty-two new pairs of cleats were sent to Detroit PAL as a result of Max’s work. Of those, fifteen pairs were donated to the Detroit PAL Nationals 10 and Under team.
Max and his family were in town in July to attend a few Detroit Tigers games, and while they were here they also came out to watch the Nationals play the Detroit PAL Thunder at Butzel Park on July 13. Max shared his story with the Nationals and had a chance to warm up with them as well. The team gave Max and his family members Nationals shirts and personal thank you notes in appreciation of the cleats. Max’s family, including his brother, mom, step-dad, two step-sisters and his step-grandfather, stayed for the entire game and helped cheer the Nationals on to a win!
“Max is a really special young man” said Police Officer and Nationals Coach Marcus Norwood. “It is amazing to see someone from New York who shows their support of kids in Detroit. It was a great experience for our kids to hear his story and meet him in person.”
It was a very rewarding experience for Max, his family and the team. We look forward to hosting Max and his family at Detroit PAL baseball games in the years to come. On behalf of everyone at Detroit PAL, THANK YOU MAX!!