Lions kick off community initiatives as Fairley visits school, Sims talks healthy eating

DETROIT - A week after announcing the Lions announced their new community initiative, Living for the City, members of the team spent Tuesday in Detroit interacting with students.

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley led an interactive Q&A session at Detroit Lions Academy. Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch joined his teammate, talking to the boys and girls about taking pride in being students, brothers, and sisters.

"Walking in, you see the smiles, I remember my mom tying my shoes before football games. Shaking our hands, it definitely brightens their spirits on days like today," Fairley said.

The second-year defensive tackle was also joined by Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee, who said Fairley told him he wanted to get involved with Detroit's youth.

Rob Sims met with students from the William Beckham Academy in Detroit and select girls from the Detroit Lions Academy at Eastern Market.

"I am 310 pounds. I am a big man. Some would even call me 'fat.' But you have to eat healthy," Sims said.

The Lions guard explained healthy diets, eating proteins, and how it all affects the way he lives and plays.

Joe Nader, Executive Chef at Ford Field and Levy Restaurants, cooked for the kids and explained healthy eating.

At Ford field, former Lions fullback Cory Schlesinger led the "Fuel Up to Play 60" event.

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