Detroit Pistons Announce Community Activation Events In Advance of Inaugural 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
Pistons Employees Take Part in “Basketball For All” Community Day of Service and Host Pistons Academy Clinic to Beautify and Activate Rouge Park on July 11
Campus Martius 3-on-3 Participant Registration Rally to Include Shooting Contests and StockX “Hall of Fake” Display on July 12
DETROIT, MI – The Detroit Pistons announced today that the organization will hold two community engagement events on Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12 leading up to the club’s inaugural 3-on-3 Tournament beginning Saturday, July 13 at Little Caesars Arena.
The Detroit Pistons and Rock Ventures will join together for a “Basketball For All” Community Day of Service on Thursday, July 11 at Rouge Park to clean and beautify the park for neighborhood residents. Beautification activities will include tree planting, brush clearing and clean-up, parking lot striping, painting and picnic table construction utilizing approximately 100 employees. Additionally, the club with host a free Pistons Academy basketball clinic for youngsters in the neighborhood on the newly-renovated Pistons basketball court at the park. The Rouge Park basketball court was one of six community court renovations completed by the Detroit Pistons and the city of Detroit last summer. Since moving back to Detroit, the organization has committed to investing $2.5 million in the renovation and refurbishment of 60 basketball courts over six years.
Campus Martius will play host to the Detroit Pistons 3-on-3 Tournament registration rally on Friday, July 12 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. All registered 3-on-3 tournament participants are encouraged to arrive from 12 – 2:00 p.m. to pick up their tournament packet and stay for an afternoon full of events. Activations will include a free throw and 3-point shooting contest open to the public, a StockX “Hall of Fake” display, music from live DJ’s and give-a-ways from the Detroit Pistons, including tickets to Opening Night 2019.
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Following is a run-down of Detroit Pistons 3-on-3 Tournament events:
Thursday, July 11 – Detroit Pistons Community Day at Rouge Park – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• “Basketball For All” Day of Service with Detroit Pistons and Rock Ventures employees
• Pistons Academy Clinic - 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Friday, July 12 – Detroit Pistons 3-on-3 Tournament Kick Off at Campus Martius
• Detroit Pistons Activation, StockX “Hall of Shame” display, 12 – 4 p.m.
o Registered Team Tournament Packet Pick-up, 12 – 2 p.m.
o Free Throw / Three-Point Contests, 12 – 4 p.m.
Saturday, July 13 – Main Event: Detroit Pistons Inaugural 3-on-3 Tournament
• Dribble-Up Ceremony, Little Caesars Arena, 7:30 – 8:15 a.m.
• Pistons Academy Clinic, Little Caesars Arena, 8:30 – 9 a.m.
• Opening Remarks, Little Caesars Arena, 9 – 9:05 a.m.
• Outdoor Games, 18 courts surrounding Little Caesars Arena, 9:05 a.m. – 4 p.m.
• Final Games, Little Caesars Arena (Center Court), 4 – 6 p.m.
“We’re excited to activate our inaugural Detroit Pistons 3-on-3 Tournament in a way brings meaningful impact off the court and in the community,” said Pistons Vice Chairman Arn Tellem. “By having our employees and Pistons Legends working side-by-side with residents to beautify and program the new Pistons court at Rouge Park on Thursday, July 11 while also creating a fun environment in Campus Martius on Friday, July 12 for teams registering and playing in a premier 3-on-3 tournament, we hope to build this marquee event into a summer basketball activation that thrives in the city for years to come.”
The Detroit Pistons 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will begin Saturday, July 13 with a ceremonial “Dribble Up” as Detroit youth will join local dignitaries and the Pistons entertainment teams to dribble basketballs to Little Caesars Arena. Spectators will be invited to the grandstands to watch as Detroit youth participate in a Pistons Academy Clinic, followed by Pistons main stage live music and entertainment, and a full day of 3-on-3 basketball. Games will be spread across 18 courts on the streets surrounding Little Caesars Arena.
For select divisions, championship games will be played on the Pistons’ home court inside Little Caesars Arena from 4 to 6 p.m. Elite division winners will earn the opportunity to tryout with the Detroit Pistons NBA G-League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive. Pistons Legends and the Pistons entertainment teams, including the dance team and dunk team, will be on-site to energize spectators.
With more than 30 divisions, including a wheelchair and special needs division, the 3-on-3 Tournament is open to men and women, girls and boys ages eight and above, throughout Metro Detroit and the region. Two hundred teams comprised of 800-1,000 players will compete for the 3-on-3 championship title. To learn more or to register in the tournament, visit www.pistons.com/3on3.
Artwork for the official tournament basketball, created by a local artist, will be announced at a later date. The tournament is presented in partnership with Hoop It Up, the original 3-on-3 tour, established in 1989. Over the past three decades, Hoop It Up has reached more than one million participants across the country.
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Detroit Pistons “Basketball For All”: The Detroit Pistons launched its “Basketball For All” community program last summer to run concurrently with the organization’s six-year neighborhood court refurbishment project. Elements of the program include providing basketballs to Detroit youth, encouraging basketball participation and use of refurbished courts and teaching the benefits of basketball.