Pistons and YMCA Partner to Promote Youth Wellness


AUBURN HILLS — The Detroit Pistons and Metro Detroit YMCA are teaming up to encourage children to participate in the YMCA’s sports program by hosting YMCA Nights at the Palace – promoting health and wellness throughout metro Detroit.

Children attending the YMCA’s sports programs are invited to attend Pistons games Feb. 1 and April 5, when the Pistons play the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics.  Children participating in Metro Detroit YMCA’s Sports Programs will get a post-game shot and photo on the Pistons court.

“The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit and the Detroit Pistons are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility,” said Reid Thebault, YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit president and CEO.  “This partnership is a win-win for both organizations and, collectively, we can work together to increase opportunities for physical activity and healthy living for all.”

Piston players will be promoting the health and wellness program through a series of public service announcements and appearances for the Metro Detroit YMCA. The Pistons are donating $5 for every ticket purchased by Metro Detroit YMCA members and staff to the YMCA.

“The Pistons partnership with Metro Detroit YMCA is a great opportunity to encourage everyone, especially young people, to be physically active,” said Charlie Metzger, Palace Sports & Entertainment EVP and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer. “We look forward to using this great platform to share our message of teamwork, exercise and good nutrition to YMCA members and Pistons fans throughout the region.”