PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 21: Tim Boyle #12 of the Detroit Lions looks to pass during the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on August 21, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions have launched the Detroit Lions Foundation, a charitable wing of the organization.

The team made the announcement Friday (Aug. 27), adding that the kick off also includes a $5 million investment in the next five years going to cheerleading and youth football programs at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan.

Some of the funding will also be directed to pilot a girls high school flag football program.

“Supporting youth in our community has always been an important part of the fabric of the Lions organization. I am thrilled about our renewed vision and proud of our increased commitment to positively impact the lives of children for years to come,” Detroit Lions principal owner and chairman Sheila Ford Hamp said in a statement.

She added, “We know that playing sports and being active can positively impact the lives of youth both on and off the field. As a professional sports franchise, we feel a deep sense of responsibility to provide as much access and opportunity to play for as many kids as possible.”

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