KALAMAZOO – Stryker and Minor League Baseball have entered into a first-of-its-kind multiyear national partnership, designating the medical device company as The Official SmartRobotics Joint Replacement Partner of Minor League Baseball.

Stryker is also the presenting partner of Own the Walk – the first national platform that encourages fans of all ages to stay active through everyday activities like walking.

Together, Stryker and MiLB will host Own the Walk game day events at MiLB ballparks across the country. At each event, fans will be invited to participate in several in-stadium experiences and activities, while learning about the benefits of Mako SmartRobotics, a technology that uses 3D CT-based planning software for hip and knee replacement that enables surgeons to create a 3D image of each patient’s unique anatomy.

In 2021, Stryker is taking its commitment to “Own the Walk” one step further: for every walk issued to a batter during the regular season, Stryker will donate $1 to K9s For Warriors, the nation’s largest provider of service dogs to American veterans living with military-related trauma. Stryker has been a committed partner of K9s For Warriors since 2015, having sponsored 31 service dogs to date — the largest number by any corporate partner.

For additional information on Stryker’s Own the Walk platform, please visit www.makosmartrobotics.com.