Detroit Pistons Crown Saginaw Resident Free Throw Champion For Community Relations’ Basketball Zone

Season-long Fan Activity Raises More Than $25,000 For Charity

The Detroit Pistons Community Relations department awarded Mike Brooks of Saginaw, MI as the Grand Prize Winner for the second annual Basketball Zone shoot-off today. Brooks wins a trip for two to the U.S. Virgin Islands, courtesy of Grand Blanc Travel.

Brooks beat out hundreds of other contestants who all pre-qualified by participating during the season-long charitable fundraiser.

Fans attending Pistons home games could donate $5 to participate in a free throw contest on The Palace’s main concourse in the Comcast Pavilion with all proceeds benefitting the Pistons-Palace Foundation. Those who made eight or more free throws against a 24-second NBA shot clock from the “charity stripe” qualified to return for a shot at the Grand Prize.

Earlier this afternoon, hundreds of pre-qualifiers from throughout the state returned to The Palace for the Basketball Zone shoot-off on the Pistons court. All pre-qualifiers also received a complimentary ticket for this evening’s Pistons home season finale Fan Appreciation Night game vs. the Philadelphia 76ers.

After multiple preliminary rounds, Brooks defeated two other finalists, shooting free throws against the 24 second shot clock to win the title.

“I’m excited to win this event and I’m glad the proceeds are going to a good cause,” said Brooks. “What’s even more exciting is I told my fiancé – we just became engaged two weeks ago – that if I won, we would get married in the U.S. Virgin Islands!”

The season-long fund-raising activity raised more than $25,000 to be reinvested back into the community.