Jim Caldwell and his wife Cheryl have a passion for education.
The Caldwell Foundation, which they started in 2009, is committed to the educational empowerment of children through digital technology. It’s the foundation’s wish for every child to have access to the best technology available in the classroom.
The United Auto Workers and Ford Motor Company hosted an event Wednesday night at the UAW-Ford Center in Detroit that featured Caldwell as the keynote speaker to Detroit Public Schools and the Education Achievement Authority students.
Caldwell talked about what it takes to be successful in life, and then participated in a Q&A session.
“If you really pay attention in every aspect of your life -- in the classroom, on the field of play, within the meeting rooms,” Caldwell told the crowd via The Detroit News, “I can guarantee you it’s going to pay dividends for you, your family and for generations to come.”
Also on hand for the event was former Detroit mayor Dave Bing, former Michigan State and Pistons basketball player Mateen Cleaves, former NBA player Derrick Coleman and former Lion Ron Rice.
Caldwell has a special place in his heart for the UAW as his father worked for General Motors for 35 years in Wisconsin.
Caldwell and Cheryl have already been very active within the community during his short time in Detroit and that will only continue to grow as he becomes more entrenched within the community.