Pistons Basketball For All platform to launch enhanced “Pistons Neighbors Program” on July 29

  • Eight-Week Program Will Engage Detroit Youth and Families at Adams Butzel, Clark Park, Palmer Park, Pingree Park and Jayne Field Through Sept. 23
  • William Davidson Foundation, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and Detroit Pistons Provide Funding to Expand Programming at Five Detroit Parks

The City of Detroit and the Detroit Pistons announced the launch of an enhanced eight-week ‘Pistons Neighbors Program’ beginning July 29 that will provide free programming for children and families at Adams Butzel Recreation Complex, Clark Park, Palmer Park, Pingree Park and Jayne Field/Lasky Recreation Center in Detroit.

The five city parks will host safe and socially distanced programming for all ages. Funding for the programming is being provided by the William Davidson Foundation, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, and the Detroit Pistons. The placemaking and urban planning consulting firm Biederman Redevelopment Ventures (BRV) is overseeing programming in all five parks and will work alongside other local Detroit organizers to execute community engagement efforts, steward programming, and implement necessary COVID-19 safety protocols.

“Our parks initiative continues to expand and adapt, delivering important benefits for the community at a time when kids and Detroiters of all ages need opportunities to stay active in a safe and responsible way,” said Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores. “I’ve always believed that a sports franchise is a community asset with the power to unite and inspire people. I’m proud to see new partners coming together to maximize the impact of this program.”

“The City is determined to provide safe opportunities for Detroiters to get out and enjoy their parks which are key to enhancing health and wellness during these challenging times,” said Meagan Elliott, Chief Parks Planner, City of Detroit. “We are so thankful for the partners at the Detroit Pistons, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, and the William Davidson Foundation, who recognize the importance of investing in public spaces and are dedicated to providing access to robust park programming for Detroiters, especially in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.”

All programming is free and available Wednesday through Sunday and will include daily drop-in activities such as basketball skills, sports training, live music, dance, yoga, and art. The health of the community is a top priority as activities commence in each park. The park activity areas will be staffed by those trained in COVID-19 safety protocols that follow CDC guidelines. The program will also provide free Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) including masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer to participants at each park.  The Detroit Police Department is also a partner on this initiative and will have presence throughout program.

The Pistons Neighbors Program builds on the six-week program at Bennett and Rouge parks in the summer of 2019 and reaffirms the Detroit Pistons’ commitments to Detroit’s parks. “Renovating courts is not where our commitment ends, it’s just the beginning,” said Detroit Pistons Vice Chairman Arn Tellem. “Through partnerships with the City of Detroit, William Davidson Foundation, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and BRV, we are utilizing Detroiters to help run these activities in their parks while ensuring that more young people and adults have activities citywide throughout the summer and into the fall.”

To participate and sign up for programming and activities at one of the five parks visit www.pistons.com/neighbors. Registration can also be accommodated in person at each park.

Baseline timing and a sampling of activities for the eight-week program are laid out here (programming, times and dates subject to change).

ADAM BUTZEL RECREATION COMPLEX (Wed-Sun)
July 29 – September 23
TIME: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pistons Academy Youth Basketball
Zumba – Penny Love Fitness
Adult Yoga – Yoganic Flow
Hustle Classes – N’Namdi Center

CLARK PARK (Wed-Sun)
July 29 – September 23
TIME: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pistons Academy Youth Basketball
Hip-Hop Dance – Hardcore Detroit
Adult Yoga – Yoganic Flow
Art Education – Arab American Museum

PALMER PARK (Wed-Sun)
July 29 – September 23
TIME 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pistons Academy Youth Basketball
Adult Yoga – Yoganic Flow
Art workshops – Mint Artist Guild
Music – The Kenji Lee Band

PINGREE PARK (Wed-Sun)
July 29 – September 23
TIME 11 am-5 pm
Pistons Academy Youth Basketball
Adult Yoga – Yoganic Flow
Art workshops – Mint Artist Guild
Music – The Kenji Lee Band

JAYNE FIELD/LASKY RECREATION CENTER (Wed-Sun)
July 29 – September 23
TIME 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pistons Academy Youth Basketball
Adult Yoga – Yoganic Flow
Circus classes – Detroit Circus
Crafts workshops – Women of Banglatown
Art workshops – Mint Artist Guild
Music – The Kenji Lee Band

Rec center locations

BRV founder Dan Biederman said he was excited about building on the Pistons Neighbors Program using his firm’s national urban planning and programming knowledge and noted that expansion of the program is a perfect example of how the public, private, and local non-profit sectors can come together to benefit the community. “The parks we’ll be working in are varied, and so are the community groups that will be programming the five parks,” he said.

The Pistons’ “Basketball For All” community initiative launched during the summer of 2018 and runs concurrently with the organization’s six-year court refurbishment project. Elements of the program include providing basketballs to Detroit youth, encouraging participation and usage of refurbished courts and teaching the benefits of basketball.  Over 20,000 basketballs have been distributed since the first year of activation. Basketball For All program supporting partners include Delta Dental, DTE Energy, Flagstar Bank, Nike and Strategic Staffing Solutions.

Support for the court refurbishment program builds on significant philanthropic investments Pistons owner Tom Gores and the Detroit Pistons Foundation have already made in Detroit through partnerships with organizations like Grow Detroit’s Young Talent, the Detroit Police Athletic League, the S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center at Lipke Park, City Year Detroit, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Sphinx Program, Dave Bing’s BINGO Mentoring Program, the Jalen Rose Youth Leadership Academy and Forgotten Harvest.  For more information on the Basketball For All program – visit www.pistons.com/basketballforall.