DBusiness Daily Update: Allstate and Tyler Adams Unveil Mini Soccer Field for Youth In Detroit, and More

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Allstate provided the funding for a soccer mini-pitch at Fisher Magnet Upper Academy in northeast Detroit. // Photo by Allstate

Allstate and Tyler Adams Unveil Mini Soccer Field for Youth in Detroit

The city of Detroit’s northeast side is now home to a new mini soccer field or mini-pitch, courtesy of Illinois-based Allstate and U.S. Men’s National Team 2022 World Cup Captain Tyler Adams.

The mini-pitch was unveiled June 15 at Fisher Magnet Upper Academy, home to a soccer clinic for 7- to 12-year-olds.

“As big supporters of soccer and youth empowerment, providing these mini-pitches help create more opportunities for young people while strengthening communities,” says Dan Keats, director of sports and sponsorships at Allstate.

This collaboration between Allstate, Tyler Adams, grassroots organization Black Star, and the U.S. Soccer Foundation is the first of a three-year commitment to donate a soccer mini-pitch each year in underserved communities.

“Soccer has been a driving force in my life, teaching me valuable lessons about teamwork, discipline and resilience,” says Adams. “By providing spaces where kids can play and grow, we hope to foster a sense of community and open doors for the next generation to experience the transformative power of soccer.”

The mini-pitch is designed to provide equitable access to soccer for youth in Detroit’s northeast side.

Great Lakes Wine & Spirits in Highland Park Reinvests in Local Communities 

Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, a family-owned and operated wholesale alcohol distributor in Highland Park, says it’s committed to reinvesting in its local communities through outreach and charitable donations.

With more than 1,200 employees and distributing over 12 million cases of 13,000 wines and spirits to 17,000 retail licensees, Great Lakes Wine & Spirits’ portfolio represents approximately 60 percent of the wine and 50 percent of the spirits sold in the state of Michigan. Owners Sydney Ross and J. Lewis Cooper III collectively bring more than 100 years of sales and distribution experience to the alcohol business.

The Garden Party, a Great Lakes Wine & Spirits tradition, stands as one of its largest annual fundraisers. The event brings together the distributor’s suppliers and some of the finest restaurants in metro Detroit, with all proceeds supporting local trade schools and fostering the education and development of the future workforce.

Great Lakes Wine & Spirits has further demonstrated its commitment to the community by supporting local police and fire departments. The company recently provided a new patrol car for the police department and supplied dress uniforms for the fire department.

North American Bancard in Troy Recognized in TSG’s API Best of Breed Report

North American Bancard, LLC, a Troy-based provider of fintech solutions, has been honored by TSG (The Strawhecker Group) in its 2024 API Best of Breed Report. The annual assessment is powered by TSG’s Global Experience Monitoring (GEM) platform and ranks payment gateways’ overall API experience across two components — API Set and Developer Roadmap.

NAB received first place in the category “API Set: Developer Tools” for the quality and depth of our development infrastructure and supporting tools and services. According to TSG, the deep functionality of the API core and the wide variety of hardware options with common SDKs give developers great flexibility in product development. NAB also received a runner-up mention for the “Developer Roadmap: Flexibility” category.

This is the third year in a row that NAB has been recognized by TSG, receiving honors since its Payments Hub Developer Portal launched at the end of 2021.

MotorCities On The Road Program Offers Look at the new Pontiac Transportation Museum  

The MotorCities On The Road program series, created during the COVID pandemic as “MotorCities At Home,” returns June 26 with an in-person talk and tour of the new Pontiac Transportation Museum, located at 250 West Pike in Pontiac.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the program will get underway at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and include admission to the museum, a tour, and light refreshments. To reserve place for this event, visit here.

Located just blocks from the Woodward Avenue loop, the museum pays homage to both the vehicle legacy of the Pontiac community as well as the social history of how the community interacted with its transportation industry. A 35-foot-wide mural graces the outside west wall of the building. It’s an iconic reminder of the city’s great transportation legacy and ready for visitors to take selfies with (or without) their vehicle.

Focusing on the 150-plus years of transportation history in and near the Pontiac area, the museum’s product scope goes beyond General Motors Co.’s former Pontiac brand vehicles. It includes trucks (GMC was headquartered in Pontiac for 70 years), carriages, cars (several brands beyond Pontiac and Oakland), and motorcycles. To date 47 companies, 51 brands, and 24 types of wheeled vehicles have been identified as having been engineered or built in the Pontiac area.

Ally Challenge Golf Tournament in Grand Blanc is Free for Armed Forces, Veterans

Tournament officials announced that complimentary admission to The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren PGA Tour Champions tournament at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc Aug. 19-25 is available to members of the United States Armed Forces (active duty, National Guard, Reserve, and retirees) and veterans courtesy of Dow.

U.S. armed forces and veteran admission to the tournament includes access to the Dow VET Den located on the 18th green. Guests will enjoy premium golf viewing and complimentary snacks and beverages.

For U.S. armed forces and veteran ticket options, visit here.

Please note that a valid Department of Defense issued ID or photo ID must be provided. This special offer extends to family members and dependents of approved active duty, National Guard, Military Reserve Service members, military retirees, and military veterans. Please note that fans 17 and under are admitted free of charge with a ticketed adult.

The Ally Challenge also announced details surrounding Folds of Honor Friday. The new Folds of Honor program supported tour-wide will be activated on Fridays at select tournaments on the PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions, and the Korn Ferry Tour.

Folds of Honor Friday recognizes the commitment and sacrifice of military service members and first responders who guard our freedoms and protect our communities. It is an inspiring new experience for fans, players, caddies, sponsors, volunteers, and tournament staff to engage on-site through a shared connection and appreciation of those heroes who preserve our freedoms and protect our families.

At The Ally Challenge, all are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue on Friday as an outward display of unity and an inward commitment to meeting sacrifice with hope for the families of America’s fallen or disabled military and first responders. In addition, a special Folds of Honor kick off breakfast event will be hosted on Hole No. 18 featuring Lt Col Dan Rooney, founder and CEO of Folds of Honor.

To purchase tickets to the inaugural Folds of Honor Friday breakfast event please contact the tournament sales office at 269-635-0093 or email rpabreza@theallychallenge.com. All breakfast event tickets include Friday tournament grounds access.

Teachers Immerse in Hands-on Semiconductor Education at Washtenaw Community College

Fifteen area middle school teachers will spend next week at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) in Ann Arbor immersed in semiconductors as part of the state’s commitment to making Michigan a leader in the semiconductor industry.

Math and science teachers will learn foundational knowledge and participate in four full days of hands-on activities with STEM kits that they can deploy in their own classrooms this fall.

The end goal is to fuel the state’s semiconductor talent pipeline by introducing students to high-demand, well-paying career opportunities and demonstrating how semiconductors are essential in everyday products. Common products such as computers, vehicles, phones, appliances, gaming consoles, health care devices, and even LED light bulbs require semiconductors.

The training is hosted in partnership with the SEMI Foundation and Eastern Michigan University’s Game Above College of Engineering & Technology, and will lead teachers in hands-on semiconductor circuit building sessions.

Teachers also will spend one day touring KLA’s Ann Arbor headquarters, where they will participate in a career panel discussion and watch scientists and technicians in action, followed by a tour of the University of Michigan’s Lurie Nanofabrication research facility.