DEVON BUSKIN FOUNDER DETROIT CITY LIONS

As the product of a caring community of coaches, mentors, and teammates, Devon Buskin is a true believer in the developmental power of youth sports. For him, youth programs he was apart of, offered an opportunity to explore his strengths and build the skills he needed to be successful later in life. This crucial experience is something Devon works to pass along to future generations as the Founder and CEO of The Detroit City Lions Youth Club (DCL) Founded in 2018, DCL provides over 300 young people ages 5 to 24 with equitable access to sports, STEAM, educational, and workforce development programming & skill-building activities. Under Devon’s leadership, the organization has expanded from its original football program to include over 10 unique athletic opportunities including basketball, baseball, soccer, cheer, and dance, lacrosse, robotics, theatre & arts, art & culture, vollyball, and culinary arts. Many of DCL’s youth participate in multiple programs in the organization, keeping them engaged and active year-round. The organization also offers wraparound family services and academic support to help create well-rounded student-athletes and ensure that participants can take full advantage of future scholarship opportunities. With the ultimate goal of exposing & connecting youth to successful sport career pathways. Which will ultimately diversify the sports industry. In addition to his role with DCL, Devon also serves as Director of Workforce Development at Greening of Detroit where he has led a Nationally recognized training program and employment of over 800 Detroit residents with a goal of 2500 into green-collar jobs that help revitalize their neighborhoods and city. His passion for youth engagement also drives his involvement as the administrator of the organization’s Green Corps Youth Employment Program which employs over 100 students each summer, providing both work and college prep experience. Over the course of his career, Devon has received several local and national recognitions for his work and mentorship including the 2015 National Leadership Award from the US. Department of Labor, the 2009 and 2010 Parsons Brinkerhoff Leadership, the 2017 Excellence Under 40 leadership award, and was a 2018 Ford Motor Company Foundation Men of Courage recipient. Devon was a Workforce Industry Leader Fellow, with the Aspen Institute, in partnership with JP Morgan Chase in 2018. He was inducted into the Samuel C. Mumford High School Hall of Fame in 2019, and most recently a Community Incubator Program award recipient in 2020, which awarded him and (DCL) capacity building support, leadership development, and additional support to growth the organization and make impact. This opportunity was provided by The Marygrove Conservicy, The Kresge Foundation, and Strategic Community Partners. Devon is a proud graduate and product of Samuel C. Mumford High School and continued his education at Western Michigan University. He is a proud father and is blessed to have a strong support system of family, friends, and community members to support him in his work. With his ultimate goal to development a registration free program for all youth in metro Detroit, where each child is afforded free play & education of their choice, which fully develops the child and impacts their families, along with their communities and putting a SMILE on each kids face!

DETROIT CITY LIONS LEADERSHIP TEAM

George Williams

Vice President of Operations

I take pride in creating great athletes, and in mentoring young men and women as they develop character, social skills, and achieve academic excellence. It is my goal to make sure athletes know there is a life after sports. As a positive influencer since DCL’s beginning, I have a passion for giving back to children. It is an honor to take the lead as VP of Operations. I bring more than 15 years of coaching experience across many ages and levels of youth sports.

Kimberli Smith

Information Technology Administrator

My goal is to challenge our children through play based education. It is my belief that play encourages inspiration and creativity while allowing children to learn new things in a relaxed environment. Early introduction to technology helps children problem solve, teaches resilience, encourages use of logic, and inspires creativity. It is my goal to teach 150 children how to code annually, and inspire career paths in a STEAM field.

Jessica Perie

Fund Development & Events Officer

I have always had a passion for fundraising. DCL gives me the opportunity to support Metro Detroit area youth with quality programming with a variety of fun events and fundraisers. I am honored to partner with Detroit City Lions as we work to support the mission of free to play activities for our youth. My goal is to facilitate high-yield fundraisers to support DCL programming and our community efforts to support free to play activities.

Kalyse (K Edmonds) Edmondson

Theater & Arts Literacy Program Manager

K Edmonds realized at an early age how a great story has the power to touch people's lives. How theatre boosts one's self-confidence, how it gives a voice to the voiceless. She knew then that she wanted to ignite that in her community. Years later K remains an advocate for arts in education and has been working to bring the joy of the performing arts to the next generation, just as the teachers and directors she knew did for her. K is excited to partner with DCL this year.

Rasheed J Brown

Football Program Manager

My goal is to serve as a catalyst for Metro Detroit youth sports by creating a bridge between mentorship and athletics for the urban youth in my community. As a founding member of DCL I plan to fulfill this mission to the epitome of its potential. I strive to bring structure, discipline, fun and a healthy level of competition to the organization. My passion for family drives my vision to give back to my community as I work to inspire strong self-confident winners.

Ambrosia Fomby

Cheer Program Manager

Cheerleading saved my life. It has since been my vision to ensure a safe teaching environment for the youth in the city of Detroit. Coaching cheerleading for 20 years has allowed me to play a first-hand part in the development of girls as they become productive young women and ambassadors within their communities. I strive to inspire all children and be a positive impact in my community. I thrive on being unbelievably unapologetically excellent both on and off the field.

Musheya Glenn

Culinary Arts Program Manager

My vision is to share healthy culinary practices so that families in urban communities have access to a better quality of living. The goal is to change the mindset about food by instilling healthy food choices in children from an early age. As the owner of two thriving Metro Detroit restaurants, I strive to provide affordable cuisine without compromising quality. I look forward to sharing my passion for culinary arts through my partnership with DCL.

Leighton Kelly

Soccer Program Manager

My commitment is to ensure that children in Detroit have a safe and welcoming environment to learn and develop a passion for soccer. I believe it's extremely important to develop mental toughness and physical strength on and off the field. My partnership with DCL is a testament to my commitment to provide structure and discipline through soccer and to develop the next generation of well rounded upstanding athletes in our community.

Jazzmine Jones

Volleyball Program Manager

I aim to teach our young ladies a strong sense of self determination, leadership and passion. These attributes, incorporated with team building skills and confidence, will allow them to create a great deal of trust and develop a sisterhood. My goal is to ensure our athletes have proper knowledge of the game of volleyball, I also aspire to mold the girls into great players on a high school and collegiate level while placing high value on physical fitness.