Mikel Leshoure, the running back who wears No. 25 for the Detroit Lions, visited the NFL/YET- Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan at the Dick and Sandy Dutch Campus on Dec. 19.
Leshoure presented the kids with dozens of gifts for the club from Kmart, including a keyboard, guitar, digital drum set, sports equipment, popular board games like Apples to Apples and Words with Friends, new music speakers and, of course, Lion’s memorabilia.
Leshoure also brought with him the best gift of all, Santa. The appearance of the jolly man in red sent the group of over 100 kids screaming and jumping. The kids then each got to pose with Leshoure and Santa, and each went home with a signed copy of their photo.
“Don’t think you can’t accomplish your dreams from where you’re at,” said Leshoure as he addressed the raised hands of the crowd of kids. The running back played football for the University of Illinois, where he was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 2011 NFL Draft. “I grew up attending the Boys and Girls Club and I know how it can play a big role in kids’ lives. It was like a second home for me.”
In addition to granting the club’s Christmas wishes, Leshoure provided a red velvet pancake breakfast catered by Hudson Cafe and macaroni and cheese from Fishbone’s Greektown.
Leshoure also took part in a little basketball with Santa after the gift-giving festivities. He cleanly made his first 3-pointer attempt, while Santa stood by video-recording it on his iPhone.