Detroit — Marvin Jones, Jr. is taking the football field this season to make a difference in the lives of kids with every catch he makes. Jones is inviting the public to make a pledge for every reception he has during the 2017 season with the proceeds going to support Playworks.
The "Catches for Kids" campaign will support Playworks' impact in the Detroit area and across the state of Michigan. In the 2017-18 school year, Playworks will partner with over 16 schools in Michigan reaching more than 7,000 children directly. Playworks impacts another 8,000 students through professional development trainings for school staff and youth workers across the state. With Marvin Jones. Jr.'s support through the "Catches for Kids" campaign, Playworks Michigan will reach a total of 15,000 children at over 35 elementary schools.
While anyone making a pledge of $1 or mopre per catch will be entered into a drawing to win a signed football, everyone making a pledge of $5 or more or a flat donation of at least $50 will receive a special limited-edition Marvin Jones, Jr., t-shirt.
"I am proud to partner with Playworks to help give all kids in Detroit a chance to play every day. Staying active and playing with my friends was an important part of growing up for me," said Jones, who is beginning his second season with the Lions. Those opportunities to play and have fun are quickly disappearing for our kids, and Playworks is helping to make sure schools have full-time coaches to help them get the most out of recess. I am very excited to support Playworks with this pledge campaign, and I hope Lions fans will join me in making sure each catch I have this season helps keep kids here in Detroit playing all year long."
"We are grateful to partner with Marvin Jones, Jr. this season for his "Catches for Kids" campaign," says Angela Rogensues, Executive Director of Playworks Michigan. "These funds will directly support our programming in predominately low-income schools impacting more than 7,000 children in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties."