Edward Deeb

Metro Detroit Youth Day

Parks and recreation are a valuable community offering for all ages, but it plays a particularly important role in the lives of youth, and mParks is pleased to recognize Edward Deeb in this year’s Hall of Fame for his vital work in youth parks and recreation.

Deeb’s centerpiece involvement in the parks and recreation industry began with a simple request from then-Mayor of Detroit Coleman Young, seeking to improve relations between Detroit youth and local business owners. At the time Deeb had already built a strong background in community engagement and improvement through his work in the nonprofit world, and those experiences, in collaboration with a group of other community leaders, led Deeb to found the first-ever Metro Detroit Youth Day. The concept was simple enough: invite youth to enjoy a day of sports, recreation, and other constructive activities to show that the community cares for and respects them.

36 years later, Deeb’s continued involvement in the event has helped Metro Detroit Youth Day to impact more than a million lives and to serve as a nationally- and presidentially-recognized example of the power of parks and recreation. The event, with its mission of “inspiring youth to do the most good,” now serves as a hallmark community tradition, serving more than 35,000 students annually not only with valuable recreational opportunities, but also with a wide range of mentorship resources, motivational speakers, college and career information, and 100+ scholarship opportunities. 

Aside from major contributions to the parks and recreation industry through his work with Metro Detroit Youth Day, Deeb has also served as a central figure in other parks and recreation efforts, such as the community-building farmer’s market at Detroit’s historic Eastern Market; founding of the Michigan Youth Appreciation Foundation to recognize student community service; and working with the Boy Scouts’ Handicapped Scouting Program. Beyond this, Deeb has supported and served organizations for countless community causes, including civil rights, economic development, educational councils, disaster relief, small business, hunger and poverty relief, historical preservation, and much more.

From the life-changing annual impact of Metro Detroit Youth Day to the celebrated tradition of the Eastern Market, Deeb’s diverse achievements and contributions are a sterling testament to his commitment to the parks and recreation industry, and his well-deserved induction to the Hall of Fame. 

2017 mParks Hall of Fame Reception & Induction Ceremony

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Summit on the Park  |  46000 Summit Parkway, Canton, MI

6:00 pm Cocktail Reception & Hors d'oeuvres6:30 pm Dinner and Induction Ceremony Dessert and Hall of Fame unveiling to follow
$60 per ticket


2017 mParks Hall of Fame Reception & Induction Ceremony