On Thursday, August 13, ten Detroit PAL football players had the opportunity to take part in the Lions’ Experience at Ford Field. This amazing event was put together by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as part of the Play 60 Challenge.
Our football players joined kids from other youth organizations in the area on the field before the game. They got to spend 60 minutes doing on-field drills with members of the Lions Youth Programming staff and the coaching staff! The Lions’ mascot Roary was even present to demonstrate the drills and exercise with the kids! All the kids rotated around the field, doing different drills and learning new skills that will help them in the upcoming season.
Before leaving the field for a healthy dinner, the kids were surprised by Lions’ star players Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Joique Bell! The Lion’s players, along with a few Lions’ Alumni, talked with the boys and took a few pictures. Before leaving the field, Head Coach Jim Caldwell joined the group to give a short speech about staying focused and working hard!
“My boys really enjoyed themselves!” said Rondalyn Gardner-Dameron, parent of one of the participants, “It’s a great way to promote the importance of healthy living; both exercise and nutrition. It gave our football prayers a first hand experience of what NFL athletes do to maintain and stay at their level of performance on and off the field.”
After dinner, it was time for our kids to head back out to the field and form a fan tunnel! In front of the entire Ford Field crowd, the Detroit Lions’ team ran out on the field, high-fiving the kids on the way! It was a great experience for everyone involved, and one they won’t soon forget! Everyone made their way to their seats and watched as the Lions’ beat the New York Jets by a score of 23-3!
Thank you to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for organizing this amazing #MiKidsCan event!