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Detroit Pistons & Brooklyn Nets owners deliver nearly 500K PPE to City of Detroit

Tom Gores
Posted at 1:51 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 13:51:56-04

(WXYZ) — Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores has teamed up with Brooklyn Nets Owner Joe Tsai to make a massive personal protection equipment donation to the city of Detroit.

Gores and Tsai partnered to deliver 350,000 KN95 face masks 100,000 medical goggles to help the city and its fight against COVID-19.

The masks and goggles were donated by the Joe and Clara Tsai foundation and will be will be distributed to COVID-19 testing centers and homeless shelters, and to frontline workers in the city’s transportation and police departments.

“We are grateful for Joe and Clara’s commitment to Detroit and proud to be their partner in bringing additional medical supplies to our community,” Gores said in a release. “The NBA family continues stepping up in the fight against COVID-19.”

The foundation sourced and imported the supplies from China and worked with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to allocate the supplies and the Pistons organization to provide logistics and support.

“Many cities in America have been hit hard by the pandemic. Clara and I wish to help the people of Detroit get through these difficult times, and we are grateful that Tom and his organization readily stepped up to help us distribute the supplies,” Tsai added in the release. “We have a history of friendship with Detroit and I want to thank Mayor Duggan for directing the PPE to where they are needed most.”

“The city is making progress in the fight against COVID-19, but there is still a long way to go and the long-term needs in the community will be substantial,” Gores added. “It’s inspiring to see people coming together right now and I’m confident we will sustain that spirit in the weeks and months ahead.”