It’s been a charitable year for the Staffords... well, even more charitable than usual, that is. They’ve donated $1.5 million to the University of Georgia for social justice initiatives, and Matthew Stafford has also lended his written word to speak out against racial injustices.
Now Matthew has teamed up with his wife Kelly to make a difference locally. According to Kelly’s Instagram, a few weeks ago, the two donated Microsoft Surface tablets, book bags and all sorts of other school supplies to the after-school facility Say Play Detroit.
“We wanted to try and make it more of a level playing field,” Kelly Stafford said. “We wanted them to have everything they needed so they could have the opportunity to succeed.”
Lions running backs coach Kyle Caskey and his wife Kayla held a similar charitable drive earlier in the year. Those two were able to raise enough money—via the Caskey Family Foundation—to supply the Detroit Lions Academy with 41 new Surface tablets for remote learning in the COVID-19 era.
The Staffords have worked closely with Say Play Detroit for years now. In 2015, the two helped raise money to provide the facility with a brand-new, state-of-the-art football field. Per Kelly, there will be more to come.
“This is ongoing. Matthew and I will continue to brainstorm to think of ways we can effect change in our community and hopefully effect change further than that.”
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A couple months ago, Matthew and I were discussing how we can make a difference. We kept bouncing ideas around back and forth. We did the thing with UGA, but we really wanted to effect change in children, where we believe it all starts. We knew that most of detroit went remote for school due to safety concerns, but problem with that is many of these children don’t have the capability to learn remotely because they don’t have the necessary tools. So a few weeks ago we supplied all the kids at the @sayplaydetroit with Microsoft tablets, books bags, and all the school supplies they could possibly need. @sayplaydetroit then has the WiFi and safe space for these kids to study and learn. We wanted to try and make it more of a level playing field. We wanted them to have everything they needed so they could have the opportunity to succeed. This is ongoing. Matthew and I will continue to brainstorm to think of ways we can effect change in our community and hopefully effect change further than that. #detroitstrong #staffordstrong #letsmakeourhomebetter
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