FOX Sports Detroit launches 'Football Week in Michigan' Bus Tour
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- FOX Sports Detroit today announced it will launch the Football Week in Michigan Bus Tour –-- a series of events spanning from Marquette to Metro Detroit -- beginning Sunday. The network's Football Week in Michigan Bus Tour will travel around the state in a specially designed Football Week in Michigan bus making stops to host mini-tailgates at Kroger stores or local establishments. The tour will also feature a series of community-driven stops to support Kroger's Zero Hunger, Zero Waste initiative.
The tour is in promotion of FOX Sports Detroit's Football Week in Michigan, a landmark initiative highlighting high school championship and all-star games, as well as college and professional gridiron action over a nine-day span. Football Week in Michigan is presented by Kroger.
Lions legend Herman Moore, former University of Michigan football player Mike Martin, former Michigan State University football player Gregory Jones II, the official mascot for FOX NFL Sunday "Cleatus the Robot" and FOX Sports Detroit digital host Brooke Fletcher will be on the tour which will make stops in Marquette, Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Bay City and Royal Oak. Fans are welcome to take part in the festivities at some of the stops along the way:
Sunday (Veterans Day): Marquette
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Volunteer at Jacobetti Home for Veterans (not a public event)
1:30 p.m.: Blackrock's Brewery (424 N. 3rd St., Marquette)
Monday: Traverse City
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Volunteer at Salvation Army (not a public event)
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Right Brain Brewery (225 E. 16th St., Traverse City)
Tuesday: Grand Rapids
11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Volunteer at God's Kitchen (not a public event)
4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Founders Brewery (235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids)
3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Volunteer at Greater Lansing Food Bank (not a public event)
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Kroger Tailgate (6430 W Saginaw Hwy, Lansing, MI)
Thursday: Bay City
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Kroger Tailgate (945 N Euclid Ave, Bay City, MI)
4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Volunteer at Good Samaritan Rescue Mission (not a public event)
Friday: Royal Oak
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Kroger Tailgate (2200 Twelve Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067)
Moore was the Lions' first-round draft pick in 1991. He went on to shatter virtually all of Detroit's receiving records during 11 seasons (1991-2001) with the Lions. His storied football career features numerous accomplishments, including the distinct honor of being the only Lions receiver to make more than 100 receptions in three consecutive seasons. He has also worked as an NFL analyst for pregame and postgame coverage for the past 15 years.
Martin, the head coach for Team Legacy in the 2018 All-Star Game, played for the Wolverines from 2008 to 2011. At Michigan, he recorded 172 tackles and appeared in 49 games, including 37 games as the Wolverines' starting nose tackle. He was selected as a second-team All-Big Ten Conference player by both the coaches and media in 2011 and 2010. Martin was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Jones, the head coach for Team Legends in the 2018 All-Star Game, played for the Spartans and was a two-time All-American. The New York Giants selected him in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and he was a member of the Giants' Super Bowl championship team in 2012. He also played for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.
"Football Week in Michigan is more than just a week of football," said Greg Hammaren, senior vice president and general manager of FOX Sports Detroit. "With the added excitement and exposure of the Football Week in Michigan bus tour, we are able to team up with Kroger to utilize this powerful platform to fight hunger in our great state."
Kroger will also be making $1,000 donations in gift cards to eight different schools, food banks and kitchens on the tour.
"We are thrilled to be a part of the Football Week in Michigan Tour, presented by Kroger, and on the road to end hunger in partnership with FOX Sports Detroit," said Rachel Hurst, corporate affairs manager for The Kroger Co. of Michigan. "Throughout the state, we will be donating money to those in need, supporting our 'Zero Hunger, Zero Waste' efforts."
Coverage of Football Week in Michigan, presented by Kroger, kicks off Nov. 17 and continues through Nov. 25 with 19 games airing across FOX Sports Networks. The schedule features a feast of action, including Detroit Lions vs Carolina Panthers. For a complete schedule of games during Football Week in Michigan, visit foxsportsdetroit.com.
ABOUT FOX SPORTS DETROIT
FOX Sports Detroit delivers more than 350 live local events each calendar year to more than 3.2 million households throughout Michigan and portions of Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana. For more information, visit www.FOXSportsDetroit.com.
ABOUT THE KROGER CO. of MICHIGAN
Incorporated in Michigan in 1909 and headquartered in Novi, The Kroger Co. of Michigan operates 122 Kroger stores, 75 fuel centers, 104 pharmacies and the Michigan Dairy. Michigan Kroger’s 19,000 associates are dedicated to the Kroger Purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit by serving the region through food, inspiration and uplift, and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025.