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Mar 2, 2016

Matthew Stafford and REPREVE raise more than $10,500 to benefit Detroit area youth center

Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford and Unifi, Inc.'s (UFI: NYSE) REPREVE, a leading recycled fiber brand, raised more than $10,500 to benefit the Sports, Academics, Youth (S.A.Y.) Detroit Play Center at Lipke Park. The weeklong auction featured five original works of art created by Stafford, as well as seven of the footballs Stafford used to create the paintings.

Opting out of using a traditional paintbrush, Stafford dipped footballs in paint and threw them at the four-feet wide by six-feet tall REPREVE-based canvases, each made from 35 recycled plastic bottles, to create five original paintings. The competitive auction amassed more than 720 bids with 100-percent of the proceeds going toward helping transform the lives of kids at the Detroit Play Center through academics, sports, music and dance.

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 has worked with the franchise since 2014 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 nearly 100,000 plastic bottles in-stadium.

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