Detroit Pistons and Sprite Unveil Renovated Basketball Courts at Belle Isle

Twelve Detroit Youth Compete in Sprite Ultimate Challenge

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Detroit Pistons are unveiling newly renovated basketball courts on Belle Isle in Detroit as part of Metro Detroit Youth Day and the Pistons partnership with the Sprite Ultimate Challenge July 17 at 10:45 a.m.

The ribbon-cutting at the Pistons and Sprite-branded basketball courts will be held at the courts off Vista Drive. The two organizations teamed up to paint the two full courts and add new basketball rims on two full courts. Detroit Pistons Center Andre Drummond will attend the unveiling along with Pistons Legend Rick Mahorn, Hooper and the Pistons Entertainment Team.

“Of course, we love basketball and making these courts beautiful again at Belle Isle reinforces our commitment to impact the community,” said Dennis Mannion, Palace Sports & Entertainment, CEO and president. “We’re excited to be a part of Metro Detroit Youth Day and our partnership with the Sprite Ultimate Challenge.”

The renovation is part of a celebration at Metro Detroit Youth Day and the Pistons partnership with Coca-Cola to put on the Sprite Ultimate Challenge, a basketball drills/skills with contestants – winners from the first round of the Ultimate Challenge June 28 at the Adams Butzel Center in Detroit – competing in the “Ultimate Challenge” at Belle Isle.

Those twelve winners from the Adams Butzel Ultimate Challenge will have a chance to compete at Metro Detroit Youth Day for a “Pistons Prize” – a suite at a 2013-14 Detroit Pistons Game, a “Pistons Day” at the arena and a chance to be a Pistons ball girl or boy.

“We are so excited to have the opportunity to assist with the basketball court renovation at Belle Isle,” said Matt Barribeau, Michigan Market Unit Vice President of Sales. “Our support of the Sprite Ultimate Challenge is just one example of our commitment to collaborative partnerships that promote health and wellness here in the Detroit Area.”