Patrick McInnis has always been our hero, but did you know he’s also a hero to kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Flint? And the other night, they made that official.
On Thursday, Quicken Loans President Patrick McInnis was awarded the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint’s first annual Patrick McInnis Community Hero Award in recognition of his many contributions to the club and to Flint area youth.
This award, named in honor of Patrick, will be presented yearly to a deserving person (or group) who’s demonstrated extraordinary leadership and made lasting contributions to the Club.
Patrick, who grew up in Flint, has been involved with the Boys and Girls Club for many years. He helped them raise over $100,000 from local organizations, including the Detroit Shock and Pistons, to help build the Club’s “The Rock and Shock Teen Learning Center” which features a basketball court, game center and an area for education and tutoring.
Last year, Patrick received a proclamation and the Key to the City of Flint from the Mayor’s office for his work on a variety of fronts. In addition to speaking often at his alma mater, Flint Powers High School, he has played a key role in helping Flint Athletes for a Better Education (FABE) renovate a track that is used by all Flint area schools. In 2006, our Rock Financial Kids Tech Program provided Flint students with new desktop computers and computer training. Patrick also was instrumental in bringing the Detroit Pistons annual “Know Your Black History” college scholarship tour to Flint.
At the award ceremony, the audience viewed a special congratulatory video message from Kid Rock and Rasheed Young of Run’s House, that was created for Patrick and the Boys and Girls Club of Flint. In his acceptance speech, Patrick addressed a full house on the importance of community involvement and helping our children succeed.