News & Updates

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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FIRST Robotics Case Study

To fill a critical gap left by the struggling Detroit public school system, the S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center sought high-quality, mentor-driven STEM programs to excite and engage local students at its afterschool tutoring and recreation center. With funding from a FIRST STEM Equity Community Innovation Grant and support from the greater Detroit FIRST community, SAY (Sports. Academics. Youth.) Play Continue Reading

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Celebrating our Football and Cheer Teams!

We started the new year and new semester with a celebration of the hard work and commitment demonstrated by our Warriors at the annual Football and Cheer Banquet for our 2017-2018 football and cheer teams. This year’s event was held on January 14th at DeCarlo’s Banquet and Convention Center. Specialty Awards: 10u Most Valuable Player- Continue Reading

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Building Bridges at the Arena

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the students who completed the “Building Bridges Through Basketball” program were honored on center court at Little Caesar’s Arena. The program is a partnership with the Pistons, RISE, Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL), SAY Detroit Play Center and the Detroit Police Department. The weekly 2.5-hour sessions for youth ages Continue Reading

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Wrapping Our World in a Bow and Holiday Cheer

The week leading up to the holidays saw the SAY Play Center decorated and filled with holiday cheer just in time for the annual holiday showcase. Cooper-Standard Automotive kicked off their Science in the DEEP programing with a holiday STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) party featuring experiments, pencil catapults, marshmallow snowmen, snow globes and of Continue Reading

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