No, they’re not sending the team back to school because of last year’s less than stellar season. The Detroit Pistons, in conjunction with The Palace (the arena where they play) and Costco, are buying back to school supplies for Oakland County schools in need at the Auburn Hills Costco.
The Detroit Pistons and The Palace raised more than $12,000.00 for back to school supplies during the “Two Day Ticket Blitz” event in July. During this two day period, $1.00 from all ticket sales to most summer events and concerts was donated to the cause. Costco will also pitch in some goods, last year they donated a bunch of backpacks. The 2009 event raised $16,000.00 for the supplies and also had some involvement from Coke, so this year there is no involvement from Coke and the amount raised is down a bit, but will still help out greatly. The school supplies aren’t just pens and paper, but also include necessary classroom items such as hand sanitizer and shredders that teachers often have to buy on their own.
“A lot of teachers pay out of their own pockets for their classrooms and a lot of them are now single earners in the household,” Karen Davidson said about last year’s event. “It’s really tough. We all have a big debt to teachers, or some teacher in our life, and the teachers all need something. This was a way to help them.”
So, if you’re shopping at the Auburn Hills Costco store today you can see Pistons player Jonas Jerebko (forward) along with Karen Davidson, the team owner. In addition, the Automotion dancers will also be there with the team mascot, Hooper. Ken Ostfield, CEO of Palace Sports and Entertainment, will also stop by this afternoon between 3:00 and 4:00 pm. And I’m not sure if it is part of the plan or not, but I’ll bet you could make your own school supply purchases at Costco and donate them to this great cause too.
Here’s a video of last year’s event from the Pistons.com website: