Detroit Pistons and Come Together Announce Community Events Throughout Metro Detroit

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club will host five Come Together community events this month coinciding with the beginning of training camp and the 2013-14 NBA season. Pistons players, Legends and administrators will host events directly benefiting Detroit school children, the American Red Cross, Autism Speaks and the Down Syndrome Guild of Michigan.

“Our players and Legends understand the importance in giving back to the community and supporting our Come Together initiatives,” said Dennis Mannion, Palace Sports & Entertainment CEO and president. “Their efforts along with the help or our corporate partners will energize and support students, encourage others to donate blood and support two great organizations like Autism Speaks and the Down Syndrome Guild of Michigan.”

Come Together – the Pistons’ Community Relations platform dedicated to making a positive impact and celebrating those helping others in their communities – will host its first event on Monday, September 9 at Dossin Elementary/Middle School in Detroit. A complete schedule is as follows:

  • Sept. 9 – Metro PCS, the Detroit Pistons and Rodney Stuckey will team-up for a back-to-school assembly at Dossin Elementary/Middle School in Detroit at 2 p.m. with Pistons’ mascot Hooper, Pistons Academy Coach Aaron Smith and the Pistons D-Town Dancers to rally the students for the upcoming school year. Stuckey, the Pistons and Metro PCS have partnered to give away supply-filled backpacks to 450 students and invite them to Pistons game this season. (Dossin School is located at 16650 Glendale Street in Detroit, MI)

  • Sept. 12 – The Pistons will unveil a newly renovated media center and library at Coleman A. Young Elementary School in Detroit at 2 p.m. as part of the NBA’s Live, Learn and Play Center program – a “School Makeover” presented by Farm Bureau Insurance. The school – which will receive the Pistons’ 30th renovated Live, Learn and Play Center -- was one of 60 entrants in the State of Michigan. Pistons players Josh Smith, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tony Mitchell and Peyton Siva; Pistons mascot Hooper and the Detroit Pistons Dancers will all be part of the ribbon-cutting. (Coleman A. Young School is at 15771 Hubbell Street in Detroit, MI)

  • Sept. 16 – The 12th Annual American Red Cross & Detroit Pistons Blood Drive will take place from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at The Palace of Auburn Hills to help replenish the state’s blood supply with Pistons “Bad Boy” Legend Rick Mahorn.

  • Sept. 21 – Walk Now For Autism Speaks will be held at Meadow Brook Music Festival in Rochester Hills, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. Register at: www.walknowforautismspeaks.org.

  • Sept. 28 – Step Up for Down Syndrome benefiting the Down Syndrome Guild of Michigan, will be held at The Palace of Auburn Hills, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. Register at: Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan.
About The Come Together Foundation: Re-launched in August 2012, The Come Together Foundation is a designated 501(c)(3) public charity. It was originally founded in 1989 as the Pistons-Palace Foundation, a private foundation. The mission aims to utilize the foundation as an effective tool to support the overall Come Together vision and mission by strategically collaborating with community organizations to raise awareness and provide financial support in areas of volunteerism, youth leadership and those identified as NBA Cares programs.