The Detroit Lions Organization has had one of the longest-running partnerships with Detroit Lions Academy (DLA) since 2001 when the school was established.
In the spirit of the school’s name, a steady presence of Lions players, cheerleaders, legends and Detroit Lions staff provides mentorship and leadership development opportunities to help students succeed beyond the classroom.
Funding from Detroit Lions Charities helps DLA address student barriers to education by meeting basic needs and providing supplies and resources, including clothing.
To ensure students and their families have access to food, the Lions created a food pantry to provide food for families to take home so that students are sustained after school. In addition to eliminating basic needs barriers, Detroit Lions Charities provides student incentives for good attendance, improved test scores, and completing testing.
As a highlight each year to celebrate students, the Lions host a promotional ceremony for DLA 8th graders as they prepare for their next chapter in high school.