Detroit Pistons To Clean Up St. Hedwig Park In Detroit April 18 For NBA Green Week Presented By Sprint

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Detroit Pistons are helping to clean-up St. Hedwig Park in Southwest Detroit today from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., clearing debris, removing graffiti and painting the basketball court to celebrate NBA Green Week.

Members of the Pistons organization, including Pistons Legend Earl Cureton, will join Detroit nonprofit the Greening of Detroit, DTE Energy volunteers, and students from the Academy of the Americas and the Detroit PAL program to beautify St. Hedwig Park, located next to St. Hedwig Catholic Church at 3245 Junction St.

“Well-maintained parks and green spaces make Detroit a safer, healthier place” said Rebecca Salminen Witt, president of The Greening of Detroit. “The Greening of Detroit is supporting community efforts to make sure neighborhood green spaces are well-kept and attractive.”

For Green Week – the NBA, partnering with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), highlighted league, team and player environmental initiatives, including in-game awareness, recycling programs and hands-on service projects, to encourage fans to “go green.”

Adidas outfitted all NBA players with 100 percent organic cotton shooting shirts featuring the NBA Green logo. Players also wore NBA Green headbands and wristbands made from 45 percent organic cotton featuring the NBA Green logo.

DTE Energy is also a presenting sponsor of the fifth annual Green Week and has produced a home energy consultation video with Pistons Guard Kim English. They also: had a contest for a chance to be a Piston’s Ball kid for a game (answering three questions about energy efficiency); gave away DTE Prize packs for answering the “DTE Energy Star Questions of the Game” at the final Pistons home games; and awarded DTE/Piston prizes to the arena section that created the most “energy” in the building at the final Pistons home games.

“We’re pleased to participate in NBA Green Week and partner with DTE Energy and the Greening of Detroit to help promote conservation and environmental awareness,” said Dennis Mannion, Palace Sports & Entertainment, president and CEO. “We hope everyone will join us throughout the year in educating each other about protecting the environment.”

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