Visible evidence of the Detroit Pistons’ commitment to S.A.Y. [Super-All-Year] Detroit was on display on Sunday.
The Pistons conducted a fitness clinic at the non-profit’s renovated play center on Detroit’s east side near 8 Mile Road.
Former Pistons Earl Cureton and John Long joined Pistons academy coach Aaron Smith and members of the entertainment teams in engaging children in various exercises.
Henry Ford Health Systems co-sponsored the event.
In January, charity founder and Free Press columnist Mitch Albom revealed the Pistons’ six-year, $600,000 commitment.
Pistons owner Tom Gores, Palace Sports & Entertainment vice chairman Arn Tellem and NBA commissioner Adam Silver were on hand for the announcement.
“It’s so cool to be able to a part of something renovated like this,” Smith said Saturday. “It means a whole lot. It’s just great to be able to be a part of something that’s so special that you know makes a big impact on the kids.”
Said Silver in January: “These teams are a lasting legacy in these communities, they’re part and parcel of these communities and the kinds of things we’re seeing that Tom Gores, Arn Tellem, his senior management group are doing is exactly what this league is about. These kind of community centers are so important because of the broad impact they can have. It’s not just about a one-day event.”