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Trey Burke, Michigan players visit boys’ lemonade stand in Detroit

Lemonade Stand

For two young entrepreneurs on Detroit’s West Side, a visit from a few Michigan basketball players might been, in itself, worth all of the hard work they’ve invested into their business.

What is their business? A lemonade stand. Not just any lemonade stand, though. This one has made them over $2,000 and, along with Michigan players Trey Burke, Jordan Morgan, and Corey Person, it got a visit from Detroit mayor Dave Bing.

The two boys, Joshua Smith, 9, and Dwayne Durant, 10, wanted to use the money to help the city of Detroit, but Mayor Bing told them to keep it for their college fund. And the surprise from these Michigan players is just an added benefit.

Burke, Morgan, and Person came with gifts for the boys—signed t-shirts and hats from the Michigan team.

“I read the article myself about what you were doing out here and I called my teammates because we had to come out and support you,” Morgan said, as recorded by NBC affiliate WDIV in Detroit. “It’s going to take more people thinking like you to help this city.”

Michigan, led by Burke this past season, finished with an overall record of 24-10, including 13-5 in the Big Ten.

With Burke back for this coming season, the Wolverines bring in a strong recruiting class, led by forwards Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary.

And it’s safe to say they’ll have two new fans in the city of Detroit when they tip off the 2012-13 season.

Click here to watch the report from WDIV.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_