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Detroit Lions celebrate NFL 100

DETROIT —The Detroit Lions have announced their plans to celebrate the NFL’s 100th season, which will include fan voting on an All-Time Detroit Lions team, a Fantennial Weekend, a volunteer effort Huddle, as well as providing experiences of a lifetime for lucky Lions fans.
     “NFL’s 100th season in 2019 is a prestigious milestone,” said Detroit Lions Team President Rod Wood. “The Detroit Lions are proud to have been a part of the League for 90 of those 100 seasons and we are looking forward to celebrating both the NFL and our fans all season long, including honoring our All-Time Lions Legends and pushing for local volunteerism with #LionsHuddlefor100.”
    Beginning today, fans are encouraged to visit www.detroitlions.com/alltimeteam to vote for the Lions Legends they’d like to see named to the All-Time Detroit Lions team roster. After voting, fans can register for the chance to win two (2) tickets, pregame sideline passes, and the opportunity to be on the field for the halftime ceremony celebrating the All-Time team on September 29 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Voting will close on Sunday, September 15 at 11:59 PM EST. The All-Time team will be announced at halftime on September 29 as part of the Lions Homecoming game.
     The Lions Fantennial Weekend will be September 27-29, culminating in the Homecoming Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at 1 PM EST.
• Friday, September 27: Specially programmed Detroit Lions High School Game of the Week matchup between Royal Oak Shrine and Madison Heights Bishop Foley.
• Saturday, September 28: Pride Plaza – the Brush Street tailgate on Lions Gameday – will be open from 1:00-6:00 PM and have food trucks, face painting, a Lions Locker Room Sale, activations and live music in a celebration of Lions fans. Saturday will also include Lions Legends volunteering at Forgotten Harvest.
• Sunday, September 29: The All-Time Detroit Lions team will be unveiled at halftime of the Lions game against the Kansas City Chiefs, have a fan-focused game presentation and a DTE Power Hour giveaway of an NFL 100 themed collectible koozie set for the first 25,000 fans.
  Across the League, teams are holding Huddle for 100, a large-scale event to promote volunteerism, in honor of its 100th season. The Lions are set to hold their event in October with an emphasis on hunger and food insecurity.
  Outside of the Huddle event, all Lions fans are encouraged to participate by choosing a cause, donating 100 minutes of time in their respective communities, and using the hashtag #LionsHuddlefor100 on social media when doing so. The NFL is driving a season-long club competition by awarding monthly community-focused prizes to top-ranking clubs based on volunteer minutes determined by use of the hashtag. One community-focused grand prize at the end of the season will be awarded to the club with the most volunteer minutes.
  For the 2019 season, the Detroit Lions will be selecting Lions fans to take part in once-in-a-lifetime opportunities including lunch with Lions owner, Martha Ford, running out of the tunnel with the team, an all-expense paid trip to a road game, a wedding at halftime and more.
  Fans also can take pictures with an NFL 100th Anniversary Cake at Section 233 throughout the season.
  For up-to-date information on the Lions celebrating NFL 100, follow @Lions on Twitter, @detroitlionsnfl on Instagram and @DetroitLions on Facebook.


Tony the Tiger is on a mission to give kids more in-school sports
Tony the Tiger is on a mission to give kids more in-school sports
PRNewswire/ -- Kids may be returning to school soon but unfortunately, they might not be returning to school sports. According to a new survey of middle school teachers engaged with nonprofit DonorsChoose.org, 6 in 10 feel that their middle school athletic programs are barely funded or underfunded. A lack of funding accounts for 47% of cuts to middle school sports programs, the survey finds.
  Sports help shape kids' lives. They teach teamwork, build confidence and help fuel kids' academic potential. Studies reveal that physically active children score up to 40% higher on tests and are 15% more likely to go to college.1
  Tony the Tiger® and Kellogg's Frosted Flakes® want to provide more kids access to the benefits of sports with the launch of "Mission Tiger," an initiative to help save middle schools sports. The multiyear program kicks off today with a $1 million commitment to DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about projects from real coaches, teachers and administrators in need. Whether a team has been eliminated, needs to upgrade training equipment or needs new uniforms, "Mission Tiger" is ready to help.
  "Since 1952, Tony the Tiger and Frosted Flakes have fueled active kids," said Brant Wheaton, Marketing Director of Kellogg U.S. Ready-To-Eat Cereal segment. "We realize the decline of middle school sports is a big problem facing kids today and we are committed to becoming a part of the solution because we see this problem not just as marketers, but as parents. Every kid should have a chance to be able to play like a Tiger."
  Former Tiger and NBA star Ben Simmons is teaming up with Tony because he believes in his mission. "The opportunity to be exposed to multiple sports at a young age not only solidified my passion for the game of basketball, but it also instilled the drive to work hard and compete — which ultimately allowed me to turn my passion into a professional career," Simmons said.
  Tony and Simmons are making a donation via DonorsChoose.org to Cooper's Poynt Family School in Camden, New Jersey, just around the corner from where Simmons trains in the off-season. He hopes the new equipment — specialty breakaway hoops and backboards, benches, scoreboard, uniforms and shoes — will provide the kids with a safer place to play basketball and grant them access they wouldn't have without Mission Tiger.
  Tony the Tiger is rallying Frosted Flakes fans nationwide to join the mission. For every Kellogg's Frosted Flakes® box purchase, you can spark a $1 donation* by uploading your receipt to Kellogg's Family Rewards™ via MissionTiger.com. There you can see requests from middle schools seeking funds and join our team. "Mission Tiger" middle school sports projects will be fulfilled by Tony's partner, DonorsChoose.org.
  For ongoing updates on Tony's "Mission Tiger" projects, new additions to his roster and more details on how to get involved, visit MissionTiger.com.
  *Kellogg is donating $1 per purchase to DonorsChoose.org with Kellogg's Frosted Flakes receipt upload. Minimum donation $500,000; maximum donation $1,000,000. Go to MissionTiger.com for instructions. 


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