Matthew Stafford has taken his final snap as a member of the Detroit Lions, as long as his reported commerce to the Los Angeles Rams goes by as deliberate at first of free company. However the 12-year veteran quarterback has thrown yet another landing, not less than figuratively, for Motown on his means out the door. Stafford’s spouse, Kelly, introduced Thursday on Instagram that the couple is pledging $1 million to Detroit as a parting present, particularly for the creation of a brand new youth schooling heart within the metropolis.
“We got here right here for soccer, however we’re leaving with a way of dwelling and endearment,” Kelly Stafford wrote. “Endearment not just for this metropolis and the Lions group, however a love for the individuals who make up this group. Detroit has supported our household not solely by displaying up on Sundays, but additionally by our most tough instances. You took us in as your individual and made Detroit really feel like dwelling and that’s what it grew to become, our dwelling. … You’ll at all times bear in mind Matthew Stafford as a Detroit Lions quarterback, however our hope is that additionally, you will bear in mind our household for our love of the Detroit group and its folks. Thanks Detroit, for the whole lot.”
The Staffords’ $1 million donation can be used for the institution of The Kelly and Matthew Stafford & Associates Training Middle, per ProFootballTalk. The middle, which Kelly mentioned will embody “educational, athletic and humanities packages, and repair adults with job coaching packages, GED courses and group occasions,” is ready to be inbuilt Detroit’s Lipke Park on the web site of the SAY Detroit Play Middle. The latter heart, run by Detroit writer and philanthropist Mitch Albom, has been in partnership with the Staffords earlier than, striving to “empower one in all Detroit’s most challenged and underserved neighborhoods.”
“That is the legacy we wish to depart behind,” Kelly Stafford wrote.