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Feb 23, 2016

Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford unleashes his inner artist to benefit Detroit area youth center

Throwing footballs in lieu of painting with a brush, Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford tapped into his inner artist to create five, six-foot canvas paintings to benefit a Detroit youth center. Stafford teamed up with Unifi, Inc.'s (UFI: NYSE) REPREVE®, a leading recycled fiber brand, to create and auction the five paintings with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Sports, Academics, Youth (S.A.Y.) Detroit Play Center. S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center at Lipke Park, offers athletic and academic programs to Detroit's youth.

Opting out of using a traditional paintbrush, Stafford dipped 12 footballs in paint and threw them at four-feet wide by six-feet tall REPREVE-based canvases made from 35 recycled plastic bottles to create five original paintings. Starting today, an auction of all five one-of-a-kind paintings are open for bidding on eBay for seven days, closing Tuesday, March 1.

“I value many lessons learned playing sports in my youth, and rebuilding this center provides an opportunity for Detroit's youth to learn through the same process. It's been rewarding to help support the continued improvement of the S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center,” stated Stafford. “The experience of creating these paintings is one that I'll never forget. Each canvas is made from recycled plastic bottles and serves as a reminder of how recycling can contribute to protecting our environment for future generations to enjoy.”

REPREVE is a fiber made from recycled materials, such as plastic bottles, and is used in some of the world's favorite brands. REPREVE is the official recycling and sustainability partner of the Detroit Lions, and is working together with the franchise to educate fans about the importance of recycling and showcasing the quality consumer products created from transformed plastic bottles. During the past two seasons, Lions fans have recycled 96,425 plastic bottles in-stadium.

“When REPREVE learned about Stafford's initiative to transform the play center, we immediately wanted to help,” said Roger Berrier, president and chief operating officer of Unifi, Inc. “Auctioning the paintings allows anyone who is interested to not only participate in the cause but to own a piece of the project.”

To find out more on S.A.Y Detroit Play Center and to watch clips of Stafford creating the masterpieces visit,