Game Changer of the Year

Game Changers are the everyday people making a difference within their communities through service, leadership and volunteerism. Through the Come Together Game Changers program, the Detroit Pistons are recognizing and rewarding these unsung heroes throughout the state of Michigan.

Game Changers are nominated by fellow community members, friends or family and this year’s Game Changer of the Year will be gifted a 2013 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition.

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Kenyetta has coordinated several special events designed to reduce violence by fulfilling unmet needs, i.e., food, shelter, employment, health services, supportive services, mentorship. She has touched the lives of more than 2,500 community residents in violence prevention efforts and assisted 17 community organizations to provide direct services (including basic needs) for North Flint families in neighborhoods heavily affected by violence. Diagnosed with autism as a young child, Anthony’s parents were told he would most likely never graduate from high school or college and would likely live his adult life in a group home. Against all odds Anthony attended and graduated from Michigan State University where he was the first autistic person to play Big Ten college basketball. Anthony is aspiring to lead a statewide anti-bullying campaign called the "Relentless Tour," where he will visit 659 middle schools in 180 days. Being powered by the Autism Alliance of Michigan, Anthony is continuing to raise awareness about autism and spreading his very powerful and emotional anti-bullying message throughout Michigan. After losing his father to cancer, Alex started a non-profit organization called Youth For The Fight. The mission of his non-profit organization is to raise cancer awareness throughout the youth community. Through the help of his board members and committee, Youth For The Fight conducted a charity dinner that raised over $21,000 that was donated to the American Cancer Society. The event had over 500 attendees between the ages of 18-27. Alex wanted to make sure to keep the age demographic of the event below 30 to ensure he stuck to his goal of engaging more of the youth community within philanthropy.

Amy Burk

Amy Burk
A native of Flushing, Amy is passionate about children in her community and making sure they have what they need to succeed. She relocated to Mancelona and joined the local Family Resource Center to help make decisions with a focus on doing what is best for kids in and out of the classroom. Her dedication helped bring the non-profit organization Communities in Schools to Mancelona, focused on creating a safe place for youth to learn and grow, teaching marketable skills to use upon graduation and instilling the importance of giving back to their community. Through her work with Communities in Schools, the Mancelona high school graduation rate significantly increased and a higher rate of students are pursuing an advanced education. She also volunteers her time to lead fundraisers, conduct family events and participates within local boards and workshops to ensure every child receives what they need and deserve so they can achieve in life.

Kenyetta Dotson

Kenyetta Dotson
Kenyetta has coordinated several special events designed to reduce violence by fulfilling unmet needs, i.e., food, shelter, employment, health services, supportive services, mentorship. She has touched the lives of more than 2,500 community residents in violence prevention efforts and assisted 17 community organizations to provide direct services (including basic needs) for North Flint families in neighborhoods heavily affected by violence.

Reggie Hartsfield

Reggie Hartsfield
Reggie is a loving, long-term mentor in Cornerstone Schools’ dynamic Partner Program. He has personally provided scholarship support and quarterly mentoring for his student partner Tremayne for the past seven years, assisting him from 1st through 7th grade. Reggie's company also mentors Cornerstone Leadership & Business High School students, giving them great opportunities to learn about company culture, leadership and build invaluable work readiness skills starting with 13-14 year old high school freshmen.

Anthony Ianni

Anthony Ianni
Diagnosed with autism as a young child, Anthony’s parents were told he would most likely never graduate from high school or college and would likely live his adult life in a group home. Against all odds Anthony attended and graduated from Michigan State University where he was the first autistic person to play Big Ten college basketball. Anthony is aspiring to lead a statewide anti-bullying campaign called the "Relentless Tour," where he will visit 659 middle schools in 180 days. Being powered by the Autism Alliance of Michigan, Anthony is continuing to raise awareness about autism and spreading his very powerful and emotional anti-bullying message throughout Michigan.

Jamie Jones

Jamie Jones
Jamie spends the majority of his time searching and often successfully finding missing youth and adults in and out of the state of Michigan. He rallies search party volunteers, makes phones calls and uses his CB radio equipment to spread information to help in the search for missing persons. In addition to providing on-the-ground support for the search and rescue mission, he also extends himself to the families and loved ones of the missing to assist them during the ordeal - both emotionally and in providing any other assistance as needed.

Brianna Moore

Brianna Moore
As a young person in the Detroit Area, Brianna has provided many avenues of service to her community, in most cases identifying a need and then looking to fulfill it. After learning that military personnel are without many personal items while on deployment, she decided to send care packages overseas. She collected over $1,100 dollars of calling cards, snacks, and personal hygiene items, and arranged for school children to write letters to the servicemen and women. When Moore learned that the Ronald McDonald House was in need of supplies for their pantry. She was able to collect over $1,600 in food and household supplies. In addition, she collected over $500 in monetary donations for Ronald McDonald House in Detroit. Setting her sights on new projects, she has created Green LifeSavers Recycling Foundation, where she has made it her focus to recycle items that end up in our overfilled landfills.

Lena Pernell

Lena Purcell
Lena Pernell is the Founder/Executive Director of Real Life. My Music. (RLMM). RLMM works to provide inner city Detroit youth with hope and inspiration during times when they are most vulnerable through programs built on arts and music. RLMM currently offers after-school classes at Village of Hope, a charter school on the Vista Maria campus. Pernell has been committed to introducing the arts to inner city youth for over four years through RLMM on a volunteer basis, choosing to invest dollars into the program rather than collect a paycheck.

Veronika Scott

Veronika Scott
Veronika Scott founded The Empowerment Plan as a student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit as a part of a class project. The Empowerment Plan, now a fully functioning non-profit organization, hires homeless mothers from local shelters to become seamstresses full-time. These women sew and manufacture coats that transform into sleeping bags, which are given to other homeless individuals living on the street, at no cost to them. These women have empowered themselves with the confidence and skills necessary for a more sustainable, financially stable and healthier lives.

Don Wackerle

Don Wackerle
After having a son diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy, Don Wackerle found it difficult to be able to financially provide for his son to attend camps that would help keep his muscles active. Wanting to help his son and other families facing similar adversity, Don conducted a fishing contest to raise money and send kids to a barrier-free camp. This act of kindness led to Don starting his own non-profit organization to provide a summer camp for children and adults with special physical needs, which the kids named Camp FishTales. Over 200 children attend the annual camp and activities include fishing, rowing, swimming, archery, rock climbing, tee ball, kick ball, dancing and adapts for handicap children to do all of these things.

Alex Zayid

Alex Zayid
After losing his father to cancer, Alex started a non-profit organization called Youth For The Fight. The mission of his non-profit organization is to raise cancer awareness throughout the youth community. Through the help of his board members and committee, Youth For The Fight conducted a charity dinner that raised over $21,000 that was donated to the American Cancer Society. The event had over 500 attendees between the ages of 18-27. Alex wanted to make sure to keep the age demographic of the event below 30 to ensure he stuck to his goal of engaging more of the youth community within philanthropy.