Metro Detroit Youth Day is a great way to channel children’s energies in a positive and constructive setting. We have been doing this for 35 years now and we have become a metro Detroit tradition.
Not only do youngsters look forward to Metro Detroit Youth Day each year, but this event unites a community and brought peace and tranquility to Detroit following altercations in 1980 between youth and area retailers on Livernois Ave. between Six and Seven Mile Roads. Then-mayor Coleman A. Young met with community leaders to calm tensions and asked Ed Deeb to meet with retailers urging them to be more sensitive to customers to help restore calm. He asked Ed to “do something to help resolve the problem.”
The idea for Metro Detroit Youth Day, the largest youth event in Michigan, which has drawn over 1 million youngsters over the years, was born. Founders Ed Deeb, the late Tom Fox and the late Jerry Blocker, formulated the goal of bringing together metro Detroit area youth from all walks of life for a day of sports, fun, and constructive activities, and to show youngsters that business people, the community and the food industry cared about them and respect them.
This event has grown annually from some 1,100 participants the first year to more than 35,000 youth in 2016. In addition, more than 1,800 volunteers lend a helping hand to supervise the sports clinics, games, contests, luncheon and various other activities held at this colorful event. Volunteers come from more than 360 organizations and 260 businesses and civic groups who support Metro Youth Day.
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