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“The initiative, called Detroit Lions Inspire Change, is the culmination of more than a year’s worth of planning, which began in late 2017, following massive, league-wide demonstrations in response to president Donald Trump’s harsh criticism directed at players who had taken a knee in protest during the playing of the national anthem…

The Lions’ initiative will have a three-pronged focus — scholarship funding, social-education programs and medical aid and health assistance. Under those three umbrellas, the team will work with eight organizations in Detroit: Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Detroit Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, Detroit Lions Academy, Detroit Justice Center, Covenant House Of Michigan, Detroit Public Schools Foundation’s Water Hydration Station Project, CATCH Charity For Children and Mariners Inn.”

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Casey Rocheteau