Civic Leadership Award Honoree 2014

Stephen Tulloch

Detroit Lions’ captain starting linebacker, Stephen Tulloch, is expanding his Operation 55 program to help local students across Detroit. Tulloch is known for his community efforts off of the field and has put together a CrowdRise campaign to take his community support and involvement to another level.

Stephen Tulloch has helped thousands of families and individuals over the past three years since signing with the Detroit Lions. The Operation 55 program has taken over 1500 kids and families to Detroit Lions home games, provided free dental and vision services to children without health insurance, adopted families affected by cancer for the holidays, granted wishes for children affected by cancer with the Make a Wish program, assisted in health and funeral payments for families that are financially unable to afford specific services for their children.

“I’ve always been involved with the community both in Tennessee, where I played for 6 years, and now here in Detroit. Detroit has really embraced me and my foundation and everything that I’ve done while playing here,” says Tulloch. “This year, I felt it necessary to help the city on another level, so we decided to raise funds and help the schools in Detroit. I’ve been to a lot of the high schools and elementary schools around the city and I see that there are things that need to be improved or kids need computers, so this will give me a chance to really get into the schools, meet the students and teachers and make a difference.”

The Stephen Tulloch Foundation was launched in 2009 and is dedicated towards helping underprivileged youth achieve success and have the same opportunities as other children. Tulloch’s goal is to supply these children with the necessary tools to build self-esteem, achieve goals and unlock their potential. The Stephen Tulloch Foundation provides help and support in education, health and athletics. The Stephen Tulloch Foundation has been selected as one of the top five foundations in the NFL for the past two years and Stephen has been a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the year award in 2012 and 2013.

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