30 years of fun in the sun at Detroit Metro Youth Day event #MetroDetroitYouthDay #TellUsDetroit

Plenty of activities for youngsters to engage in at one of the summer’s highlight events, The Metro Detroit Youth Day held Wednesday July 11, 2012 at Belle Isle Park. (Photo by Thomas Richardson/Tell Us Detroit)

By Angelina Czarnecki/Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – The 30th Annual Metro Detroit Youth Day brought in thousands of children for another successful year. On July 11, 2012 the Belle Isle Athletic Field was filled with contest, entertainment, free sport clinics and workshops for metro Detroit youth. Ed Deebs co-founder of the event welcomed all of the children and honored some special invited guest.

Youth between the ages of 8-15 gathered at the largest youth event in Michigan. Over the years this event has grown tremendously and brought in over 35,000 children. Metro Detroiters along with leaders like Ed Deeb are supporting the city and starting with the youth whom need our help the most.

Sports stars, government officials, and media celebrities were honored for their support, courage and contributions to the city of Detroit. Some of the dignitaries honored at the event included Willie Horton former Detroit Tiger and Hall of Famer, University of Detroit Mercy Basketball Coach Ray McCallum, and Detroit Pistons legend Rick Mahorn. The dignitaries also offered words of encouragement to both kids, and their parents.

“Parents you have to realize your role, and you have to go out there and represent Detroit well”
said Rick Mahorn to the parents of Metro Detroit Youth Day



As the day filled kids with excitement, it was also a day filled with education, and motivation. One of the features to help educate kids was college row. Selected Michigan colleges made an appearance to present information to children and parents about higher education. Over 81 scholarships were awarded to high school graduating seniors.

“No longer is it just fun and games. Students and volunteers will have the opportunity to visit the “College Row” area to learn more about these colleges and universities.” Ed Deeb

Youngsters eagerly await the start of one of the summer’s highlight events, The Metro Detroit Youth Day held Wednesday July 11, 2012 at Belle Isle Park. (Photo by Thomas Richardson/Tell Us Detroit)

Participating in the event were more than 320 community and youth organizations which include more than 220 businesses, civic organizations and government agencies as sponsors. The organizations awarding the scholarships include AT&T Michigan, Michigan Food and Beverage Association (MFBA), Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit Lions, and others. Metro Detroit Youth Day corporate sponsors include GM foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MIchigan, WDIV-TV4 and Pepsi Beverages Company.

To participate in next years’ Metro Detroit Youth Day, or for more information about sponsorships, visit the Metro Detroit Youth Day site.


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