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Detroit Lions Donate Practice Footballs to the Troops

Press Release: OGA08-PR-4

Posted: Monday, June 9, 2008

The Detroit Lions of the National Football League are the latest team to join Operation Gridiron Airlift and donate footballs that will be sent to our troops serving overseas. The footballs feature a gold NFL shield and were recently used during various practices by the team.

The Lions join a growing list of contributors that includes;

  • The Arena Football League / Grand Rapids Rampage

  • The Continental Indoor Football League / Kalamazoo Xplosion

  • The Intense Football League / San Angelo Stampede Express

  • The United States Air Force Academy

  • Western Michigan University

  • Purdue University

There have also been private donations received.

About Operation Gridiron Airlift

For our troops serving overseas, the simplest gifts from home are always a welcome sight and very much appreciated. And what is more American than a football? Sometimes, just tossing a football around or organizing a friendly game while deployed overseas can be a welcome diversion, bringing a bit of home to a foreign location. That's why Operation Gridiron Airlift is collecting new and used footballs, that are in good condition, and sending them to our troops serving overseas. 

The organizer of Operation Gridiron Airlift is retired Master Sergeant Randy Snow of Kalamazoo, Michigan. He spent 21 years serving in the Michigan Air National Guard and retired as a member of the Battle Creek ANG Base in 2002. Since 2003, he has covered the Arena Football League, arenafootball2, the Continental Indoor Football League and United Indoor Football. He has also covered the All American Football League and the Canadian Football League. His work can be found on ArenaFan.com, OurSportsCentral.com and AmericanChronicle.com.

For more information, or to make a donation, contact Randy at RandySnow22@yahoo.com.

Previous Press Releases

Football Fans Will Get Their Chance to Donate at Two CIFL Games (May 9, 2008)

United States Air Force Academy Donates to the Troops (April 18, 2008)

Operation Gridiron Airlift is Underway (January 25, 2008)

Other Links

Kalamazoo Gazette Newspaper Article (June 23, 2008)