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Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center

S.A.Y. Detroit is thrilled to share Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded $50,000 to the S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center at Lipke Park, the largest of 23 grants totaling $181,000 statewide. Twenty-two other Michigan schools, non-profits, and literacy organizations also received grants, aimed at supporting adult, family and summer literacy programs within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center. S.A.Y. Play’s local store is just 6 blocks north of the center on 20164 Van Dyke Street.

The statewide grants are part of more than $7.5 million that the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded nationwide. More information can be found at www.dgliteracy.org. Read their release here.

$1 Million in Radiothon Funds Distributed to 20 Charities

$1 Million in Radiothon Funds Distributed to 20 Charities

Representatives from 20 area charities accepted checks totaling more than $1 million on Tuesday from donations raised at Mitch Albom’s fifth annual S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon last December.

The ceremony at the Fisher Building included several first-time beneficiaries, including the Bing Youth Institute — a mentoring program for urban youth created by former Detroit Mayor and NBA legend Dave Bing.

Albom, who founded S.A.Y. Detroit in 2006, presented the checks to the benefiting charities with Dr. Chad Audi, president of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, along with representatives of several major donor organizations. (more…)

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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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.

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