At S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center at Lipke Park, after-school students commit to earning a 3.0 GPA and enjoy first-rate academic, athletic & arts programs in partnership with Detroit’s major sports teams.

Since opening its doors in 2015, S.A.Y. Play is revitalizing and empowering one of Detroit’s most-challenged and underserved neighborhoods.

Situated on nearly 15 acres in the Osborn community in northeast Detroit, the facility was formerly an abandoned City of Detroit recreation center until it was targeted by S.A.Y. Detroit to become a motivational learning center for Detroit youth with academics as its cornerstone.

After the facility was gutted and refurbished, a crown jewel emerged: a 7,000-square foot digital learning center called the D.E.E.P (Digital Education Enhancement Program). Using sports, music, robotics and the arts as an incentive and reward for young people to improve their academic skills, each member must commit to spending at least one hour in the D.E.E.P. per visit in order to participate in any of the center’s extracurricular programs, including use of its sports facilities (which features a football field funded by Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and his Score7 foundation and the Detroit Pistons Foundation basketball court) and the Notes for Notes music studio. One-on-one academic tutoring is offered daily during the course of the school year.

Academic Facilities

  • A 2,500 square-foot digital learning and tutoring center, equipped with latest computer tech and science lab (The D.E.E.P.). Dow’s STEM Ambassadors program and Cooper Standard’s STEM Accelerator program offer tutoring, science demonstrations, and career information.
  • FIRST Lego Robotics room
  • Recording Studio (through Notes for Notes® National Program) to develop music talent
  • Individual study rooms
  • Library

Sports Facilities

  • State-of-art football field and indoor practice facility by the Matthew Stafford’s Score 7 Foundation
  • Fully-equipped baseball field (stands and scoreboards)
  • Full-sized soccer field & lacrosse field
  • Detroit Pistons basketball court,r dance studio, workout room
  • Outdoor athletic fields, when not in use for programmed activities, will be available for use to the general public

We know a huge problem in Detroit is that kids have too few places to play or study after school. This is a reason they fall behind in academics and sometimes get in trouble. We also know that for both boys and girls, there are few motivational tools better than a good gym, workout rooms and playing fields- plus the chance to meet big time athletes.

—Mitch Albom

This is a tremendous opportunity to impact our city’s young people, and make a change for the better, in their educational experience, best preparing them for college, jobs and whatever else lies ahead in their future.

—Matthew Stafford

The City of Detroit did much better this year by maintaining more than 300 parks this past summer, but still lacked the resources to address facilities as large as Lipke. Thanks to this partnership, and with the support of the surrounding Community, young people in Detroit will have a place to learn and play that is beyond anything our city has had before.

—Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

The Lipke Rec Center had been an anchor in the Van Dyke and Outer Drive community for decades and has served three generations of youth.  Having it sit vacant over the last year and half has been very hard on the surrounding neighborhoods. Having worked with the Mayor and 3rd District constituents on reopening Lipke Park, I am excited to see this facility being brought back to life as an athletic and educational campus for our Detroit youth.

—Councilman Scott Benson (Dist. 3)

This is a quality of life issue for us. It gives our kids a safe and healthy place to play in our neighborhood.

—Karen Washington, Chairperson of the Board of We Care about Van Dyke/7 Mile, neighborhood organization

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