Detroit Pistons Embracing True Spirit of Thanksgiving on Monday

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The Detroit Pistons aren’t winning a whole lot on the court this season, as they’re just 4-8 so far, but they are most certainly doing the right thing off of it. We’re just under two weeks until Thanksgiving, quite possibly the most underrated holiday of the year, and on Monday the Pistons will be hosting an event that truly embraces the spirit of the holiday.

It’s not an event that’s open to the general public, but it is an opportunity for Detroit Pistons players and coaches to host 400 pre-registered families at the new Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center. Players, coaches, staff, and volunteers will hand out turkeys, non-perishable food items, hot meals and toiletries for the attendees.

On the court, the Detroit Pistons are three point underdogs at the 4-7 Charlotte Bobcats tonight, with the total set at 261. If you’re making some free nba picks then you got to consider how getting Blake Griffin back into the lineup will provide a positive impact for Detroit. Teaming Griffin up with Andre Drummond, the front court will no doubt be fierce. Maybe this will be enough to get the central division club on a hot streak- we’ll see.

Regardless of the result tonight, the Pistons will be big winners on Monday night, as they’ll convey the spirit of the holiday, which is giving back. Meals will be prepared by local chefs from popular Detroit venues and grocery store Plum Market.

And all facets of the organization, every element of the game night experience, will be involved, including mascot Hooper, the Pistons dance team and the drum line. There will be a DJ in effect as well.

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The NBA club is working with several charities and philanthropic organizations, including the Feed the Children’s No Hunger Holidays campaign (kicking off the Detroit Pistons Season of Giving). Toothbrushes were donated by Delta Dental and turkeys were donated by the Langston & Sabrina Galloway Foundation and Andre Drummond.

The 400 participating families were selected by the Detroit PAL, Starfish Family Service, City of Detroit Housing and Revitalization Department, Detroit Housing Commission, District 5 City Councilperson Pro Tem Mary Sheffield and Alternatives for Girls.

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