Justin Verlander to donate $1 million to 'Wins for Warriors'

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Justin Verlander has given five percent of his 2013 salary to start a charity.
Justin Verlander has given 5 percent of his 2013 salary to start a charity. (USATSI)

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Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander has committed $1 million of his own money to launch a charitable initiative with the Detroit Tigers Foundation, the club announced Wednesday.

Verlander's venture is called The Wins and Warriors initiative, which will support mental health and emotional well-being of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan along with their families in Detroit, Richmond and Norfolk. Here's a description from the Tigers' press release:

Wins for Warriors is devoted to sustaining successful programs that work with Veterans and their families along the process to recovery because one size does not fit all. Over the next year, funds will be distributed to two best-in-class national organizations, Give An Hour and The Mission Continues, that have the expertise to have a long term impact on this population in the target markets.

Verlander grew up in Richmond, Virginia and went to Old Dominion University in Nolfolk, Virginia, so that's where those ties come from.

"The Detroit Tigers organization commends Justin for the launch of his Wins for Warriors program and his overall dedication to Veterans and their families in Detroit, Norfolk and Richmond," Tigers general manager David Dombrowski said in a statement. "Justin's new initiative is another example of his commitment to helping those Veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country."

More information can be found in the full press release from MLB.com.

Verlander is making $20 million this season, so the $1 donation represents 5 percent of his salary -- a good chunk, and more than the reported national average of 3.1 percent. Kudos to the 2011 MVP and Cy Young award winner.

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