Game Changers

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Pathfinder Middle School
Pathfinder Middle School
Seventh and eighth-grade students in Choose to Lead, a leadership and philanthropy class at Pathfinder School in Pinckney, have been chosen as this week's Come Together Game Changer Grant Challenge recipients for their Senior Citizen Food Drive and Blankets for the Brave service projects. In the fall, Choose to Lead students led a school-wide food drive to benefit 108 local seniors who rely on local charities for food donations. First, students learned about poverty and hunger in their community before organizing the food collection, which yielded almost 2,000 food items. Recently, the students studied the problem of homelessness, especially as it relates to local veterans, and made 25 double-sided fleece-tie blankets which were distributed to homeless veterans through the VA Healthcare Systems in Ann Arbor. Through these service learning projects, students gained greater awareness of social issues and how their efforts to help others can make a difference in their community.

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Come Together Game Changers Program

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. After being nominated by fellow community members, friends, or family, selected Game Changers will be eligible to receive a complimentary Pistons game experience.

Who is eligible to be nominated?
Anyone making a positive impact within their communities who live in Michigan!

How do I nominate someone?
  • Go to and click “Nominate Now”
  • Complete all required contact info for you and your nominees. Required fields are marked with asterisks.
  • Tips: When nominating an individual, be sure to explain in your own words how the person’s work has made a positive impact in the community.
    • What is it about him/her that stands out?
    • How has their work made a difference in your community?
    • Please share any additional information about your nominee that reflects the work they do in the community (photos, articles, website links, videos, etc.) (max of three). These can be e-mailed to
  • Please don’t nominate yourself
When/how do I find out if my nominee was selected?
Selected individuals and groups will be contacted by the Community Relations Department. Please do not call to inquire about the status of your nomination.


Game Changers Grant Challenge

The students at Grand River Preparatory High School in Kentwood have been chosen as a Come Together Game Changer Grant Challenge recipient for their School wide Day of Service event. Each advisory class participated in a service project of their own creation regarding an unmet need in Grand Rapids area. Students participated in simulations, reflection activities, conducted research, and worked with representatives of local non-profits organizations in the local area. This project promoted the involvement of all types of youth in the service learning process, created life-long volunteers and responsible citizens, and addressed a variety of local needs in the community.

A portion of the tickets distributed through the Detroit Pistons Game Changers Program have been graciously provided by Genisys Credit Union and CBS Outdoor