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Matthew Stafford at Lipke Recreation Center. Photo: Nick Hagen
Matthew Stafford at Lipke Recreation Center. Photo: Nick Hagen

Lions Quarterback Matt Stafford was honored Tuesday as the S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center was able to reopened, due in large part to the massive $1 million donation the Detroit quarterback made in the beginning of the year.

The center is located near 7 mile and Van Dyke on Detroit’s east side.

In a statement, Stafford said it’s “a tremendous opportunity to impact our city’s young people.”

“This isn’t a one and done thing,” said Stafford. “This is something that’s going to be around for a long time – we are going to put a lot of time and energy into it and this is just the beginning.”

The $10 million center part of Stafford’s Score 7 Charitable Foundation and S.A.Y. Detroit. A professional size football field was also installed. The field was dedicated as Stafford Football Field.

“As much fun as it’s going to be coming out here trying to get Megatron and all those guys to come out here and throw some footballs — play catch with these young guys – do all those things with these young guys. I’m equally as excited for whats going on inside this building and give the opportunity to help these kids and help them learn,” said Stafford.