We are so INSPIRED. DBG is honored to receive a 2020 Detroit Lions “Inspire Change” social justice initiative grant.

The Lions announced their list of grantees on Dec. 26, 2019 and DBG is among the local organizations that will receive funding generated by the team’s social justice initiative, Detroit Lions Inspire Change.

Launched by Lions players, Owner and Chairman Martha Firestone Ford and Head Coach Matt Patricia following the conclusion of the 2018 NFL season, Detroit Lions Inspire Change will invest nearly $600,000 in financial support through grants to nine metro Detroit organizations next year.

“We chose organizations that [are] right here in Detroit, right in our reach, where we [can] see the impact that it’s having within the organization and in the city,” said Lions Team Captain Devon Kennard. “Over the last year, we wanted to see the fruits of what we gave financially and also our time. We want to spend time with these organizations and people that we’re trying to help. This is something we can stay connected to and monitor the progress along the way.”

Through the social justice fund, the Lions players themselves reward organizations making a positive difference in three key areas including social-educationcal programs. That’s where DBG excels.

This grant will help us make a bigger impact and reach even more students. We’re growing our program to 250 students by the end of 2020.

“Our DBG team is working around the clock every single day to expand and grow our program so we can help more young people succeed through academics, mentorship, enrichment programs and so much more,” said DBG Founder & CEO Khali Sweeney. “Having the Lions step up and not only recognize us, but support our work, is amazing and much appreciated. It’s a good feeling to have such a strong team behind us.”

Click the video player above for a special message from the Lions about this initiative.

Get INSPIRED. Join us and be part of the change.

Donate and help support our efforts to: 

  • Add 100 *NEW* students to our program by the end of 2020
  • Boost our staff and programming to meet our students’ needs
  • Maintain our 100% high school graduation rate and send more students off to college fully prepared for successful careers and bright futures

From all of us at DBG, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!