The former Desert Vista High and USC star is coming off a 58-tackle, seven-sack year in what was his second season at linebacker for the Detroit Lions after playing his first four with the New York Giants.

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Devon Stopped by The Community Footlocker store on 8 Mile Rd in Detroit with 4 DPS students from the Detroit brotherhood & sisterhood after school program. These kids were hand picked by the Detroit police volunteers and acknowledged for being leaders in the program and maintaining great grades! I wanted to reward them with a shopping spree for Christmas!

For Thanksgiving Devon and his teammates Matthew Stafford, Jarrad David and Danny Amendola partnered with Ford to surprise the Detroit Boxing Gym with new equipment, a car to get kids to and from program and tickets to a game. The Detroit Boxing Gym is a non profit organization in Detroit thats a safe haven for kids to go after school and get school work done as well as learn boxing and other leadership skills that is applicable in all areas of life.

Devon partners with Hungry Howies on his off day (cheat day) to deliver pizza to Detroit Lions fans and decided to sit down and have dinner with family. Devon also surprised the family with field passes and tickets to the game!

Devon received the 2019 Detroit Public Safety Award from the Detroit Public Safety Foundation on behalf of the Detroit Lions organization. The Lions organization received this award because of the social justice initiative that the players created in 2018. Devon was chosen to be apart of the social justice leadership committee which ultimately raised $600,000 that was allocated to select non profit organizations in the metro Detroit area.

 

Although the money raised was very necessary, Devon is most proud of the amount of time he and his teammates spent in the Detroit community and hopes that their efforts begin to make a difference in the city.

 

Devon went to Cleveland Ohio to speak at the Fuel Up To Play 60 Summit where he shared the stage with 2x gold Olympian and champion boxer Clareesa Shields. He spoke about how he thinks we can all make an impact in our communities.

Devon created the “Devon Kennard Scholarship Fund” for students who are apart of the Midnight Golf Program in Detroit. Midnight Golf Program is an after school program for high school students who are in their junior and senior years. MGP spends time mentoring the kids as well as helping the kids get ready for college by providing SAT tutoring, walking them through application processes as well as applying for scholarships.

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Although Devon doesn’t play for the NY Giants anymore they continued with the volunteer and donation work he started with New City Kids. New City Kids just received a $27,000 donation from the New York Giants thanks to the work Devon started!

DK was the featured coach at the Hogs and Dawgs pass rush and pass protection camp last weekend! It was a special moment for Devon because it was the first time he was able to share the field with his father and brother and they spent 4 hours teaching high school kids specific techniques that will help the kids take their game to the next level.

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