25 wishes granted by #25 of the Lions and Kmart

Posted Dec 19, 2012

The Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan made their Christmas List and Leshoure and Kmart checked it twice.

Detroit, MI – At 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 20th, Mikel Leshoure of the Detroit Lions will make holiday wishes come true at the NFL/YET-Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan at the Dick & Sandy Dauch Campus by signing autographs, sharing gifts for the Club and . . . bringing a special guest - Santa!  When the Club expressed what they needed to make the place better for the kids, Leshoure listened and partnered with Kmart to grant them 25 Christmas wishes.

Mikel Leshoure is a running back for the Detroit Lions. After playing football for the University of Illinois, he was drafted by the Lions in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. As he wears the number 25 on the field, he is excited to grant 25 wishes off the field as well. “I grew up attending the Boys and Girl Club and I know how it can play a big role in kids’ lives. It was like a second home for me,” Leshoure explains.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan (originally the Boys’ Club of Detroit) provides high quality youth development programs, sporting activities, and a safe place where youth (ages 6-18) can spend their after-school hours engaged in supervised, structured activities that keep them out of trouble and on the path toward a bright future and successful adulthood. Over the years, more than 300,000 youth have been served by B&GCSM. For more information, visit

The Club’s wish list includes:

  • Wii games and accessories
  • PlayStation 3 games
  • Redecorating the ‘Teen Room’
  • Sports equipment for the gym
  • Refurbishing the pool tables
  • A color printer for the computer lab

In addition to granting the above wishes, Leshoure will also provide: a red velvet pancake breakfast catered by Hudson Café, a chicken and macaroni and cheese dinner catered by Fishbone’s Greektown, and of course, photos of each child with him and Santa.