Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) catches pass in the end zone while being defended by Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55), free safety Reggie Nelson (20) and strong safety George Iloka (43) during the fourth quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Give Back to Michigan


“We’re all built to be great. So, why not be great? Can we do that?”

That was the question Calvin Johnson asked the young players of L’Anse Creuse High School in Detroit last Saturday at the “Winning Attitude” Football Camp. The camp was sponsored by Megatron’s own Calvin Johnson Jr Foundation, which is dedicated to helping young people develop confidence and self esteem. The overall message during the course of the camp was dedication and discipline.

“We got a new coach here in Detroit,” said Calvin when speaking about what it takes to achieve. “First thing when Caldwell came in; one thing he is a big stickler about is the fundamentals.”

Other Lions at the event were Joique Bell, Jonte Green, and Bill Bentley. They helped solidify the message of hard work and discipline. The young athletes were happily surprised to find Bengals WR A.J. Green at the camp as well. A.J. Green spoke of his respect for Calvin, and how he was pleased to help out with such a cause.

An upcoming event for the foundation is the 6th Annual “Catching Dreams” Athlete Scholarship Extravaganza, to be held on Saturday, June 28. Deserving young athletes will receive scholarships for college and get a chance to catch their dreams. These bright young athletes go on to earn degrees in important and influential fields of study, and maybe a few will get to be professional NFL players.

Saturday May 3, 2014, there was a charity game basketball event held in Cedar Springs, Michigan. The event, “Team Hazel versus Detroit Lions”, featured Lions players such as Theo Riddick and Tahir Whitehead taking on Teachers and Alumni of Cedar Springs High School to raise money for a respected and loved local teacher and coach who is battling cancer. Tickets at the door were $7.

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