DETROIT – Giving back to the community, a donation from Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores, in partnership with the city, finished a 6-year $2.5 million project to renew 60 basketball courts in the inner city.
It was part of the team’s commitment when it moved back into the inner city in 2017, with the final court completed near the city’s airport and the Pistons creating an annual program to promote its utilization, said DBusiness Daily.
“This program is an example of how you can exceed expectations by inspiring people to work together,” said Gores, CEO and chairman of Platinum Equity. “Moving the Pistons downtown has been great for our franchise and for the city. We’ve created jobs, invested in the community, and have helped serve as a catalyst for the redevelopment of New Center. The courts program is one of several ways we’re making sure the impact is felt beyond downtown in neighborhoods all around Detroit.”
A self-made billionaire, he was born Tewfiq Georgious, the son of a father of Greek descent and a Lebanese mother. He played football, baseball and basketball in high school in Michigan, and now lives in California.