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Anyone who has been involved in football for any length of time can understand the impact the game can have on an individual off the field. The game can teach and develop many like skills such as teamwork, communication, discipline, humility and sportsmanship.
"Today's Preparation Determines Tomorrow's Success" is a motto the Detroit Lions Football Education Division truly believes in, and ultimately lives by. This belief applies to both children and adults. This belief applies on the field, and off the field. It applies in the classroom, at home, in the workplace and in the community. We believe it applies to everyday life.
In addition to the motto above, the Detroit Lions organization lives by a set of core values that can apply to both individuals and organizations:
Determined - We are all heart. Whether the challenge is large or small, we do not quit until we have met our goal. Nothing can stop us when we dig deeper, work harder and share the ferocious passion to succeed, on and off the field.
Noble - As leaders, we have a responsibility to do what is right, ethical and honorable. We behave with integrity, honesty and sportsmanship woven through all our actions and we accept responsibility for them.
Courageous - We do not falter in the face of adversity; we consistently stand tall and proud, always ready to take on any challenge.
United - Our success depends on working together, and every teammate, employee and fan has a role in our pride. We work tirelessly and unselfishly to put our team first, protect our home turf, improve our community and rally our fans.
Ferocious - We tackle all challenges and opportunities with equal amounts of passion, poise, humility and energy. Our relentless drive for team success powers and inspires us to give our best effort in every endeavor.
These values can be found on the t-shirt of a Detroit Lions Summer Football Camp participant.
Character education is a vital component to all Lions Football Education Division programs, just as the values listed are vital components to everyday life.