Lions give back to community in a big way
At least a few fans think the Lions have struggled in the past 10 years because they’re cheap. I totally disagree with that assumption. Just check out the payroll. (They were bad because Matt Millen drafted horribly, now they’re on their way back with a plan. It’s just going to take a bit to restock the shelves.)
One thing the Lions do that doesn’t get much attention is their program called Detroit Lions Charities.
On Thursday they announced they have awarded 92 grants totaling $372,173 to non-profit agencies in 2010-11.
For the 13th year a $60,000 grant will sponsor the Think Detroit PAL football league. Another $50,000 grant goes to the Communities in Schools for the Detroit Lions Academy, an alternative middle school.
Visited the academy this week and walked away totally impressed. Cheryl White, the principal, said when the academy was started in 2001 she thought they were the only recipients of Lions charity money because it wasn’t just a check, it was continuing support.
“Detroit Lions Charities is honored and privileged to partner with so many worthwhile charitable organizations that have demonstrated success in serving our community,” said Lions’ president Tom Lewand. “Their continued dedication to uplift the people of their communities is more proof of the commitment and pride citizens have for Detroit and the entire state of Michigan.”
They raise money through the annual kickoff luncheon, a golf outing (set for June 7) and a bocce tournament held at the Palazzo di Bocce in Orion Township. In 21 years the Detroit Lions Charities has raised almost $6 million.
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