Detroit, MI- Think Detroit PAL, a major provider of youth sports and after school programs in Detroit, MI, has added Detroit Lions General Manager and Executive Vice President for Football Operations Martin Mayhew to its board of directors. Mayhew and the Lions are both strong supporters of Think Detroit PAL.
For the past four years, Mayhew has hosted the Martin Mayhew Youth Football Coaching Academy for approximately 100 coaches from Think Detroit PAL. The purpose of the camp is to provide additional teaching and training tools for coaches so they can continue having a positive and long-lasting impact on the young lives they touch through youth football.
His community involvement began early in his professional football career. While a player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers he was presented the Chelo Huerta Community Service Award, was a nominee for the True Value Hardware Man of the Year, and was selected as their United Way spokesperson. Additionally, Mayhew is a member of the Florida Bar and Sports Lawyers Association and the board of trustees for The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI.
“We are very excited to have someone with Martin’s experience and dedication join our team,” said Tim Richey, Think Detroit PAL CEO. “Martin’s passion for youth sports and afterschool programs will help us to continue our mission of providing programs for more young people annually.”
Mayhew graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management. While at FSU he was a National Merit and Achievement Scholar and earned GTE CoSida Academic All-America Honors. He was also a two-sport participant, lettering in both football and track. Mayhew played nine seasons as a cornerback in the NFL for Buffalo, Washington and Tampa Bay.
About Think Detroit PAL
In partnership with the Detroit Police Department Think Detroit PAL is a non-profit organization positively impacting the lives of 10,000 children each year through athletic and leadership development programs. Formed through a merger of Think Detroit and the Detroit Police Athletic League in 2006, Think Detroit PAL has roots dating back to 1970.
For a complete list of Think Detroit PAL programs please visit, www.thinkdetroitpal.org
About The Detroit Lions
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 www.DetroitLions.com.