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

February 19th, 2018

Family Fun Day Kicks Off Mid-Winter Break

There might have been some patches of snow on the ground, but SAY Play is weeks into the spring semester as we launched our first ever Family Fun Day. The day’s events included a spelling bee, a visit from not one but TWO Little Caesars’ Love Kitchen trucks, a special broadcast of The Mitch Albom Continue Reading

February 10th, 2018

Exploring the World Through a New Lens

SAY Detroit Play Center is proud to welcome Capturing Belief, an apprenticeship program that teaches youth photography as a tool to self discovery, a catalyst to foster curiosity, critical thinking and a means to reshape the often one dimensional negatively- skewed narrative of their lives as young people in urban America. Khary Mason and Romain Blanquart, Continue Reading