June 6th, 2016

S.A.Y. Play Warriors Host First Soccer Game

The S.A.Y. Play Warriors hosted their first soccer game this past weekend against the Marion Law Academy. Our boys and girls ran hard, cheered loud and showed excellent sportsmanship. Final score was 6-3 Law Academy. We’re all very proud of our students and can’t wait for the next game. The Warriors take to the field Continue Reading

May 22nd, 2016

Mrs. Falls Serves Up Hope with Meals

Hope is a funny thing.  Like a small beach ball hidden in our belly, hope continually pushes us up and out into the world each day, buoying us with an abiding belief that things will get better. But when things don’t get better, when every day seems to be worse than the one before, or Continue Reading

May 11th, 2016

S.A.Y. Play Warriors Football and Cheer Camp

This past Saturday we held our first football and cheer camp! Over fifty of our students came out to Stafford Field to participate in warm ups, cheer conditioning and passing drills. Joining us for our camp was Daelin Hayes, Freshman at Notre Dame University and outside linebacker for the fighting Irish football team! Daelin helped our young Continue Reading

May 9th, 2016

A Tribute to Mothers

My mom grew up on a farm in Southfield as the only girl with six brothers. To this day, she contends she was the best athlete of them all.  In addition to raising four children, she was a teacher at Hutchinson Elementary School in Detroit for ten years before going back to school to become a Continue Reading

May 5th, 2016

Week 2 of Basketball Gym Construction

Paint? Check. Lightbulbs? Check. Floors Sanded? Check. Two coats of finish on the floor? Check. Third coat of finish for the floor? Ready to go! An incredible transformation since last week but there’s still more to be done!

May 2nd, 2016

It’s Time to Start Changing the Game

Last week, U.S. News and World Report released its list of the best high schools in America.  A quick glance at their list reveals that the best schools are also home to the highest concentrations of kids coming from affluent homes where parents, like me, spend thousands of hours from the time our children are in Continue Reading

April 29th, 2016

The S.A.Y Play Center at Lipke Park is continuing to evolve.

Work recently began in the gymnasium, where renovations will include a new basketball court that will be renamed the Detroit Pistons Court at S.A.Y. Play — thanks to the generosity of Pistons owner Tom Gores and his NBA franchise. In January, the Pistons announced it was entering into a six-year $600,000 partnership with S.A.Y. Detroit Continue Reading

March 28th, 2016

SAY Detroit Partners with Grow Detroit’s Young Talent

The Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment (PS&E) announced today a $100,000 grant and partnership with Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT) to help Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s youth summer jobs program reach its goal of 8,000 jobs in 2016. Financial commitments provided by Pistons owner Tom Gores, PS&E Vice Chairman Arn Tellem and the Detroit Pistons Foundation Continue Reading

March 22nd, 2016

We need help changing the game for kids

A year ago last fall, I was talking with some civic leaders in Flint about helping them with issues in their schools.  In two different meetings, the issue of water came up.  The cost of water from Detroit was too expensive, and they were in a quagmire trying to get out of a system they Continue Reading

March 2nd, 2016

Repreve and Stafford Raise $10.5K For S.A.Y. Play!

Everyone’s favorite quarterback Matthew Stafford teamed up with recycling textile fiber brand Repreve last week to toss some footballs, make some art and raise money. Using recycled water bottles as a canvas, Stafford put his artistic skills to the test to make some one-of-a-kind art all in the name of charity. Five canvases and seven Continue Reading