Pistons donate $300K for youth basketball league

Posted at 5:40 PM, Jan 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-07 21:41:33-05

The Pistons announced Thursday that they'll donate $300,000 to the Detroit Police Athletic League for recreational youth basketball programs.

The money will go towards creating a new basketball league. The program will give 2,100 Detroit kids a chance to play basketball, while also being mentored by Detroit Police and members of the Pistons organization.

“To me, it’s a great way to unify the community bring people together regardless of race and ethnicity. It’s a great starting point to give over 2,000 young people in this city a chance to play,” says PS&E Vice Chairman Arn Tellem.

“Me, myself, I grew up right here on the east side of Detroit, and I know how much neighborhood basketball, and the PAL league and all that stuff means to the community,” says former Detroit Piston Earl Cureton.

The $300,000 will come from donations from Pistons owner Tom Gores, Tellem and the Detroit Pistons foundation.