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Lions to honor Tom Kowalski in three ways

DETROIT — The Lions will honor the late Tom Kowalski, a long-time beat writer, in three ways. Lions president Tom Lewand made the announcement on Friday at the celebration of Kowalski’s life at Cheli’s Chili Bar. Kowalski died suddenly on Monday. He was 51.

The press lounge at the Allen Park practice facility will be named for Kowalski. Also the Lions will start a scholarship in Kowalski’s name for Lions’ media interns. In addition, the Lions will donate a portion of the concession proceeds from the home opener on Sept. 18 to Kowalski’s favorite charities, Team Joseph and Our Children’s Fund.

Bill Keenist, a Lions’ vice president also announced they had received a $1,000 check from Roger Goodell and the NFL for the Our Children’s Fund in Kowalski's name.

In lieu of flowers the family asked that donations go to Team Joseph (for supporting research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy), 3050 Union Lake Rd. Suite 8F, Commerce Twp, MI or Our Children's Fund (for Christmas gifts for local children in need) c/o West Bloomfield Schools, 5810 Commerce Rd., West Bloomfield, MI 48324.

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