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Sheila Ford Hamp
Vice Chair

Biography

At the age of five, Sheila Ford Hamp, the second of four children, began attending Lions games at Briggs (Tiger) Stadium and Lions training camp at Cranbook School in Bloomfield Hills, MI. As a teenager, her love of the Lions and knowledge of the game of football would impress many, including, among others, then NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle.

At the age of five, Sheila Ford Hamp, the second of four children, began attending Lions games at Briggs (Tiger) Stadium and Lions training camp at Cranbook School in Bloomfield Hills, MI. As a teenager, her love of the Lions and knowledge of the game of football would impress many, including, among others, then NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle.

Now as vice chairman, alongside her mother and siblings, Mrs. Hamp pours that love, knowledge and unyielding support into the team first introduced to her by her father.

Beyond her involvement with the Lions, Mrs. Hamp and her husband, Steve, are very active in numerous community and charitable organizations. Together they Co-Chair the board of the Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Mich. Mrs. Hamp also is the Vice Chairman of the Board of The Henry Ford (Museum). In addition, she serves on the Boards of The Henry Ford Hospital, The Ford Motor Company Fund and The College for Creative Studies.

Mrs. Hamp was a member of the ground-breaking group of students who were the first class of women to graduate from Yale University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Yale, she played varsity tennis and earned major Y honors during her college career. Following her graduation from Yale, she earned her Masters of Arts degree in teaching and early childhood education from Boston University.

Thanks to a competitive trait she undoubtedly inherited from her father, sports have always been an integral part of Mrs. Hamp’s life. In addition to her accomplishments as a college tennis player, she competed as a junior tennis player at the national level and won a Michigan State tennis title at age 17. She also coached youth soccer for more than 10 years in her current home town of Ann Arbor.

Mrs. Hamp and her husband have three grown sons.

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