Big Sean, BGCSM and Shawn Wilson team up to do big things for Detroit’s youth

Big Sean, BGCSM and Shawn Wilson team up to do big things for Detroit's youth
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Returning from a one-year hiatus brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, the latest installment of the Sean Anderson Foundation’s annual “Detroit’s on Now,” or “D.O.N” Weekend took place from Aug. 28-29.

Hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan (BGCSM) at their Diehl Club in Detroit, the festivities once again put forth many examples of what is needed to give every kid in Detroit a fair shot at reaching their full potential.

“It’s just cool to be in a position to do that. It’s something that I’ve been taught forever,” said artist, philanthropist, and Detroit native Big Sean about giving back.

Giving back is an understatement. Highlights from the latest edition of D.O.N Weekend include:

  • A fine art exhibit that proudly displayed pieces of artwork created by Detroit artists.
  • Local musicians, including Sada Baby, Neisha Neshae, Detroit Zeus, and others provided the perfect backdrop for carnival games and family activities, provided by the City of Detroit. 
  • The Celebrity Kickball Tournament brought out recognizable figures, such as Big Sean, social media sensation Demetrius “Meech” Harmon, Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander and local professional athletes to offer words of advice, encouragement, and fun interactions with Detroit’s youth.
  •  The Trap Yoga and Massage studio hosted a “Yoga on the Beach” event that helped everyone calm their spirits and end the week on a positive note.
  •  An elegant fashion show featured some of Detroit’s up-and-coming models, with each of the pieces worn having been designed and hand sewn by youth designers in BGCSM’s Industry Club.
  • And fittingly, Big Sean cut the ribbon to unveil the full-service professional recording studio that he so graciously gifted to the Diehl BGCSM club.

The weekend’s events and the studio unveiling were truly memorable, but for BGCSM president and CEO Shawn H. Wilson, they’re part of a larger mission.

“Our facilities are dope… but the truth is, the mission and vision behind them is so amazing”, Wilson told rolling out. “We’re trying to break generational poverty for a lot of our youth.” 

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