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The Detroit Lions football team is hosting a Pride Package event at its home game on Sunday, Dec. 15, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Lions first held a Pride night back in 2015, in conjunction with the Detroit LGBT Chamber of Commerce, when former Lions player and ally DeAndre Levy donated 100 tickets to LGBTQ youth non-profits. But there hasn’t been a Lions Pride event since.
LGBT Chamber Founder and Board of Directors President Kevin Heard said he’s excited about how open the Lion’s management is to expanding the Pride Package.
“We feel it was a great opportunity to show how far our partnership has come,” Heard said. “It only takes one team to move the needle on inclusion and we can do it here in Detroit.”
The Pride Package includes a ticket to the game against the Buccaneers, an exclusive Lions Pride T-shirt, plus a networking happy hour in the Gridiron Club. Ford and Comerica Bank are also sponsoring a pre-game mixer and complimentary brunch.
A portion of all ticket sales will be given back to one of four partner organizations purchasers can choose from. These include Affirmations, the Detroit LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Stand With Trans and the Ruth Ellis Center.
“It’s significant because the Lions plan to match the funds raised from ticket sales for all the organizations involved,” Heard said. “We hope to make an impact on those organizations during this season of giving.”
Tickets, which are $70, may be purchased from detroitlions.com/tickets/partners/pride.