The Grosse Pointe Old Devils Provides Funding for
In 2014, the GPOD came together to start a tutoring program that would improve literacy levels in elementary youth after seeing a need in the community. That program, now called Center for Success, serves 50 students annually and is poised to double its impact in the 2017-2018 school year. In the first full year of programs, the Center for Success saw an average of 2.6 years of reading growth from the students. More than 50 members of the community have also been trained to mentor these students, specifically with individualized reading lessons, but have done so much more by offering encouragement and stability on a weekly basis. Center for Success has linked students to various community members, exposed them to new experiences, and empowered them to be their best. From performing at the Wayne State University Black Student Union to golfing with The First Tee at Palmer Park, the Center for Success students continue to develop character and leadership qualities through authentic experiences.
In the 2015/16 Hockey Season the Grosse Pointe Old Devils provided direct funding for 20 Hockey Scholarships through East Side Youth Sports Foundation. The gift of $20,000 allowed underserved children to experience the benefit of the American Development Model of hockey by covering the costs of the recipient. These costs included, but were not limited to: registration fees, ice fees, and equipment.
The Detroit Swims program is special initiative of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. Created in 2010, the program was developed with a singular goal to reduce drowning rates within the City of Detroit. Over the past 6 years, the program has grown and is now expanding throughout Metropolitan Detroit to serve minority, at-risk and children with special needs. In 2016 the Grosse Pointe Old Devils donated a gift of $10,000 to provide funding for 100 children to participate in the Detroit Swims program. The Grosse Pointe Old Devils organization is happy to support this worthy cause that makes a difference in the lives of many children and is excited to help the program fulfill its mission.