Detroit Lion delivers gift of literacy


DETROIT – It may not be the typical gift your kids will be asking for this Christmas, but when a Detroit Lion delivers it -- somehow that changes everything.

Detroit WR Titus Young dressed as Santa went from school to school Tuesday in his "Christmas Caravan" sleigh with 30,000 books on board. The effort was part of the "Defending Literacy Tour," which is delivering the books to 32 schools in Detroit, Pontiac, Flint and Owosso.

"My heart has always been towards kids education being first and foremost before anything," Young said. "I thought, what better time and what better place to come into the inner city schools where their literacy rate it 47 percent and try to get a cut back on this illiteracy rate."

When asked how playing Santa compared to suiting up for a football game, Young said, "I was a little bit more nervous of this than an actual game day."

Hall of Famer Lem Barney and Lions WR Rashied Davis also joined the caravan.

The Defending Literacy Tour is sponsored by the Stephanie Starks HOPE Foundation.