May 16th, 2019

She IS an Innovator!

Tionna Thompson, a 15-year-old SAY Play member born in Nebraska but raised in Detroit, was asked to meet with Co-Executive Director Dana Davidson in the small staff conference room at the center. Her friends were asked to join her. Waiting for her on the other end of a FaceTime call was Meredith Morris, Global Education Continue Reading

December 3rd, 2018

Show Off Those Pearly Whites

Dr. Kalisha McLendon, DDS, treated our students to a special presentation about dental health. A practicing dentist in Detroit and graduate of  the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland – Baltimore, Dr. McLendon discussed her path to dentistry from Detroit public schools to a University of Michigan residency. Her presentative include an interactive Continue Reading

October 11th, 2018

Now Accepting Applications

Position Profile Executive Director of the SAY Detroit Play Center The SAY Detroit Play Center is a premier training center for young people in Detroit to improve their community, starting with themselves. Located on 14 acres at Lipke Park on the northeast side of Detroit, the Play Center is the brainchild of best-selling author Mitch Continue Reading

September 25th, 2018

For He’s a Jolly “Goodfellow” Award Recipient

Please join us in congratulation Davion Jackson, 17, who is the recipient of theErnest Lofton Junior Goodfellow of the Year Award, presented by the Detroit Goodfellows at this morning’s 29th Annual Tribute Breakfast. Held at the Cobo Center, the event honored City of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan with the Edward H. McNamara Goodfellow of the Year Award Continue Reading

September 22nd, 2018

A Tournament of Champion Dads

With a grant from the Detroit Health Department, The Detroit Pistons gymnasium at the SAY Detroit Play Center played host to a father-son basketball tournament on September 15th. Sponsored by We RUN Tings, the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, the Wayne County Fatherhood Initiative, and Family Assistance for Renaissance Men, Dad-And-Me 3-ON-3 celebrated dads and dad-figures Continue Reading

August 30th, 2018

Summer Basketball Slam Dunks

Our 14U boys’ basketball team capped off their season-winning Detroit PAL Summer League playoff championship appearance with a runner up finish on Sunday, but we also scored big this August with two special events hosted at the SAY Play Center. On August 10, Coach Dan Boylan and his brother, Joe Boylan, hosted a free basketball Continue Reading

July 25th, 2018

The Secrets to Collegiate Success

GDYT (Grow Detroit’s Young Talent) students participating in our Summer of Success program will be taking several field trips this summer for enrichment opportunities both social and academic. On Monday, July 23, students took a day trip to the University of Toledo to tour the campus, enjoy lunch in a cafeteria, and sat in on Continue Reading

June 20th, 2018

Summer of Success Gets a Boost from the YDRC

Through a grant from the National Summer Learning Association, S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center’s Summer of Success program was one of twenty programs selected by the Youth Development Resource Center for a Summer Learning Program Quality Improvement pilot project. The Summer Learning Program Quality Intervention is a national best-practice model designed to help summer programs reach Continue Reading

May 31st, 2018

Warriors Revenge, 2.0

On May 19th, S.A.Y. Play hosted its second annual Warriors Revenge, a FIRST Lego League robotics invitational. The invitational is a friendly competition in celebration of the end of the recent FLL qualifying season, and in preparation for the coming season that begins in the fall. In two challenge rounds, thirteen teams from Detroit designed and Continue Reading

May 8th, 2018

Warriors Sports Banquet

A special annual tradition, the Winter Sports Banquet celebrates the sportsmanship and teamwork of our basketball and volleyball teams. This year it was held on April 28 at the American Serbian National Hall, just a few blocks down from S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center. We recognized each basketball player on our 10U,12U,14U and 16U teams as Continue Reading