Former Bulldog Matthew Stafford donating $1 million for youth football center


Former Georgia Bulldog great Matthew Stafford is doing his part to help the youth of the Detroit area.

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There’s nothing better than hearing about a former Bulldog who is making his name not only as an NFL star, but as a charitable and concerned citizen of his city. Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is doing his part to help out the youth in that area.

Stafford is teaming up with Mitch Albom to help build a youth football center in Detroit by donating $1 million to get it off the ground.

About a year ago, Albom announced a plan to turn the then-closed Lipke Recreation Center in Detroit into the new S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center (Sports, Academics & Youth).

The center won’t just be about football or sports, but will provide a place for enriching after-school activities. For children who need academic assistance, a 2,500 square foot digital learning center will be on-site to offer tutoring, computer classes, and other educational guidance.

But children will have to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a good school attendance record to participate in any of the many athletic activities offered at the center.

This is a very worthwhile and noble project in the Detroit area, and something that is much-needed for the youth of that city. A tip of the cap to Stafford for doing his part to help make dreams come true.