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Michigan Masons Make a Difference at S.A.Y. Play

Michigan Masons Make a Difference at S.A.Y. Play

It was a busy and exciting morning at the S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center as Mitch Albom and the Michigan Masons Charitable Foundation announced a 10-year, multimillion dollar grant for S.A.Y. Detroit in what may be the single largest commitment to S.A.Y. Detroit, and to S.A.Y. Play, yet received.

In honor of this gift, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has proclaimed October 5th, 2016 “Michigan Masons Day.”

The entire grant will be given to S.A.Y. Detroit and its umbrella of charities, including the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic and the S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center, which provides a literary and tutoring program that serves students, ages 8 to 18. The S.A.Y. Play Center (19320 Van Dyke St., Detroit), which opened in 2015, is located on a 14.5-acre campus that previously was the site of the abandoned Lipke recreation center.

Learn more about today’s big announcement at sayplay.org.

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Detroit Free Press
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S.A.Y. Play Dedicates Baseball Field to Judge Damon Keith

S.A.Y. Play Dedicates Baseball Field to Judge Damon Keith

Honoring one of Detroit’s, and our nation’s, most distinguished civil rights heroes, the renovated field at S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center at Lipke Park was dedicated today as “The Honorable Damon J. Keith Baseball Field.”

Judge Keith, Mitch Albom, and representatives from the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association joined City representatives and the Tigers mascot “Paws” for the ceremony.

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Saturday’s Pistons Clinic a Huge Hit!

Saturday’s Pistons Clinic a Huge Hit!

A few months ago, SAY Play proudly announced our partnership with the Detroit Pistons. This Saturday marked the first of many events that will be hosted by our beloved basketball team.

Teaming up with Henry Ford Health System, the Pistons brought together an outstanding roster of Pistons Alumni, coaches and entertainers to bring health and fitness to SAY Play Detroit.

Our fitness clinic began with a yoga class to find balance and contain our energy and excitement. That excitement was let loose on the football field when our students ran drills with Pistons’s academy coach Aaron Smith.

While students were breaking a sweat outside, other students were breaking it down inside! Hooper and some of the Pistons Dancers lead a hip-hop dance class; Mr Rob would be so proud of how well everyone danced!

To wrap up our fit clinic, everyone came to the gym for some basketball drills, instructed by former Pistons Earl Cureton and John Long!

We’d like to thank the Detroit Pistons and Henry Ford Health System for this amazing event and thanks to everyone who participated. We’re very excited to continue our partnership to give our kids amazing experiences and to inspire them to be great people.

Dow and Cooper Standard Mixing It Up at SAY Play

Dow and Cooper Standard Mixing It Up at SAY Play

S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center is proud to announce a new partnership with Dow Chemicals and Cooper Standard-Automotive to open a science station in the DEEP.

Dow and Cooper will be donating computers, tutors, and science demonstrations to the new STEM Science Center.  Keith Stephenson, chief operating officer of Cooper Standard proudly stated, “We are also very happy to continue collaborating with our business partner Dow to introduce science and technology to this group of students.”

These two companies have a great history with S.A.Y. Detroit charities and it began with the S.A.Y. Detroit Health Clinic. Dow and Cooper Standard were crucial in helping the health clinic get up and running. And during the S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon 2015, Dow and Cooper donated $125,000 to the clinic and another $125,000 to S.A.Y. Detroit.

The future looks bright for the students at the S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center. And while these kids are excited at the chance to play basketball with the Pistons or throw a football with Matthew Stafford, when asked “Who is excited to learn about science?” these students gave a loud and rousing round of applause. With Dow Chemicals and Cooper Standard leading the way, the world is theirs for the taking.

New Piano at SAY Play

New Piano at SAY Play

With gratitude to Jane Denys-Myers, SAY Play has a new addition to its music facilities: a previously-loved Boston (Steinway) upright piano. Donated in memory of Jane’s late niece Patricia Koenig of Chesterfield Township, the piano now sits in the lobby of the center, and is there for all students to play. (We caught Mitch Albom tickling the ivories just the other day). We look forward to hearing their songs.  (more…)

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