Walgreens becomes the official pharmacy of the Detroit Lions

Posted Oct 12, 2012

Partnership Includes presenting sponsorship of Lions’ Health & Wellness initiative, Detroit Lions Academy and flu immunization tour.

Detroit, Mich. —The Detroit Lions and Walgreens have entered into an agreement naming Walgreens as the Official Pharmacy of the Detroit Lions. Walgreens also will be named presenting sponsor of the team’s, Living for the City Health & Wellness community initiative, bringing preventive healthcare resources and charitable programs to disadvantaged and at-risk families throughout Metro Detroit.

The Detroit Lions’ Health & Wellness community program is a central component of the Lions’ new Living for the City initiative that is focused on sustainable community health, wellness and development.

“Building partnerships with businesses that want to truly make a difference in our community helps us accomplish our goals on and off the field,” said Tom Lewand, Detroit Lions Team President. “In becoming the presenting sponsor of the Living for the City Health & Wellness initiative, Walgreens is establishing itself in a meaningful way with both our fans and the community in Metro Detroit."

As the official pharmacy of the Detroit Lions, Walgreens will also have: camera-visible signage during games and events at Ford Field, on-site displays at select events and a mix of marketing rights and in-stadium assets and promotion at the Club level.

“Today’s athletes are role models in their communities, and we look forward to working with the Lions organization to heighten awareness around flu season, diabetes treatment and prevention, and other important health and wellness initiatives,” said Dave Long, Walgreens district manager for the Michigan south central region. “Walgreens and the Lions have rich histories and together we’ll work to educate and motivate Michigan residents to get, stay and live well throughout the season.”

Walgreens has 155 stores in the Metro Detroit area and offers a full range of health and wellness services. As presenting sponsor of the Living for the City Health and Wellness program, they will strengthen efforts to improve the health and wellbeing in the Detroit community.


The Detroit Lions and Walgreens will kick off their partnership with the start of a flu immunization tour at a Walgreens store in Detroit (6331 East Jefferson Ave.) on Tuesday, October 16 at 2 PM.

Lions’ Pro Football Hall of Famers Lem Barney and Charlie Sanders, along with current players Chris Greenwood and Kyle Vanden Bosch, will be in attendance to encourage fans to stay healthy this flu season and get immunized at Walgreens. There will be a media opportunity with the players from 2:15 – 2:30 PM.

Tuesday’s event will be the first of eight over the next several weeks featuring Lions’ players and alumni at select Walgreens stores throughout Metro Detroit. Future locations are listed below:

Oct. 16, 2012 6331 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48207 2:00pm Kyle Vanden Bosch & Chris Greenwood
Oct. 23, 2012 19800 Plymouth Road, Detroit, MI 48228 10:00am Former Lions RB Dexter Bussey
Oct. 30, 2012 29030 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield, MI 48034 10:00am WR Ryan Broyles
Oct. 30, 2012 20 S. Telegraph Road, Waterford Twp, MI 48328 2:00pm WR Kassim Osgood
Nov. 6, 2012 25016 Gratiot Ave., Eastpointe, MI 48201 10:00am T Jason Fox
Nov. 6, 2012 1815 Rochester Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073 2:00pm DE Lawrence Jackson
Nov. 13, 2012 15450 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126 10:00am RB Stefan Logan
Nov. 13, 2012 22380 Moross Road, Detroit, MI 48236 2:00pm LB Justin Durant

For up-to-date information on the schedule please visit

Walgreens will also support the Detroit Lions Academy by providing free immunizations to disadvantaged students and support for an integrated health and wellness curriculum at the school.


Living for the City is the philanthropic program of The Detroit Lions. Its goal is to support transformational efforts that improve the well-being of metro Detroit’s underserved communities. Living for the City focuses on sustainable health and wellness initiatives and community development.  Living for the City supports organizations that pursue integrated approaches to physical fitness, healthy eating, housing, land use and environmental planning, public transportation, community infrastructure, and aligned workforce opportunities. For more information, please visit


The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL), and play their home games at Ford Field in downtown Detroit. The team located to Detroit in 1934 and are the National Football League's fifth oldest franchise. The Detroit Lions finished the 2011 regular season with a 10-6 record and earned a berth in the NFL playoffs. In addition to professional football, the Detroit Lions have a very visible and active community relations role in the Detroit area. With a focus on health and wellness and community revitalization, the Lions have contributed $6.2 million through philanthropic efforts since 1991. For more information visit


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