Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
Detroit Lions new head coach Jim Caldwell was the special guest speaker Wednesday at an athletic banquet titled “Sportsmanship; Developing the Total Athlete” that was hosted by UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles and the UAW National Ford Department, and was presented to an invited audience of coaches and 300 male student-athletes from the Detroit Public School League.
Caldwell delivered a powerful message about the importance of discipline and integrity. He then tested the audience’s attentiveness by quizzing the student-athletes on what he talked about and handed out Lions’ merchandise as prizes for correct answers. He also fielded the youngsters’ questions.
DPS Emergency Manager Jack Martin and former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing also delivered inspirational remarks. Other notables in attendance included former Detroit Lions All-Pro offensive lineman Lomas Brown, former Michigan State star Mateen Cleaves, former Northern High, Syracuse and NBA star Derrick Coleman, former NFL All-Pro offensive lineman Reggie McKenzie and Detroit Lions defensive lineman Andre Fluellen.