Quin teams up with United Way to reduce drop out rates

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Lions safety Glover Quin isn't just stepping up on the football field this season, he's also doing big things off it too.

Quin is partnering with United Way for Southeastern Michigan to help the organization achieve its Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG): making the greater Detroit area a top five place to live and work by 2030.

"I love the community. I think the community is a big part of what we do [as professional football players]," said Quin. "They support us and I feel like we should give back to them."

United Way and Quin have formed "Team Quin" in an effort to reduce dropout rates in the community while increasing childhood literacy.

They're recruiting volunteers to work with high school students.

"Right now we want people to volunteer to help us with our tutoring, mentoring and reading to our kids," said Quin. "We didn't have a United Way in my hometown [in Summit, Miss.]. I've always wanted to bring everything I can to the community."

Quin is setting up an incentive scale to potential volunteers.

"When we get a certain amount of people to pledge to help us, we're gonna give a way a signed football. When we get to another level, we're gonna giveaway game tickets," said Quin.

"You never know, I might throw in some more [game] tickets. I feel good about what we're trying to get done, and if it'll make people sign up and help us out I'll giveaway some more.

If Quin receives 1,000 pledges, one lucky volunteer will be selected at random to receive four suite level tickets to the Lions-Packers on Thanksgiving Day.

For more information on how to become a volunteer, click on the link below for specific details: 

http://www.unitedway.org/team-nfl/players/glover-quin/

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