• Detroit PAL and Opportunity Detroit To Transform Campus Martius Into Basketball Exhibition Arena

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    Detroit PAL and Opportunity Detroit have partnered to host two exhibition basketball showcases in the heart of downtown Detroit in Cadillac Square at Campus Martius Park, located just north of the First National Building, on Saturdays September 21st and 28th at noon.

    Detroit PAL’s basketball teams will play 4 vs. 4 full-court basketball games in the unprecedented paramount vision of Opportunity Detroit to rebuild downtown and create more programming catered to families and activities for children. The showcase will feature Detroit PAL’s youth basketball program. The basketball teams will include two class age divisions: 12 and under and 14 and under youth made up of various middle school teams who partner with Detroit PAL. The divisions will compete in a series of games beginning at noon. Detroit PAL’s junior varsity and varsity teams will display their skills on the basketball court in Cadillac Square located between Woodward and Bates.

    “There are a lot of great things happening in Detroit” said Tim Richey, CEO of Detroit PAL. “We are excited to partner with Opportunity Detroit in their continuous effort to positively impact Detroit by bringing basketball to downtown Detroit! We are looking forward to having kids and families in the heart of downtown.”

    The basketball showcases will be eventful for both weeks, complete with a variety of food vendors, prizes like Fatheads for crowd participation, music, fanfare and so much more. These showcases are free and open to the public.

    “We are thrilled to partner with Detroit PAL on the Basketball Showcases. Our placemaking initiatives aim to create vibrant spaces for Greater Detroit’s employees, visitors, and residents. Working with Detroit PAL enables us to activate Cadillac Square, and showcase the kid-friendly activities downtown. Hopefully the kids love their basketball experience and ask their parents to bring them down more often!”

    Vadim Avshalumov, Urban Planning Associate at Rock Ventures

    The basketball court will be open now through Friday, October 11. The court is available for play daily during park hours from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Other free activities in Cadillac Square through Friday, October 11 include ping pong, bean bag toss, washer toss, bocce ball, checkers, chess and backgammon. Games and basketballs can be borrowed at the games kiosk in Cadillac Square, weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    2013 BASKETBALL SHOWCASE SCHEDULES

    September 21st

    12:00-12:30pm   Girls JV                Consortium vs. DEPSA

    12:40-1:10pm     Girls Varsity        DEPSA vs. Consortium

    1:20-1:50pm       Girls Varsity        DAAS vs. Consortium

    2:00-2:30pm       Girls Varsity        DEPSA vs. DAAS

    2:40-3:10pm       Boys Varsity       MTA vs. Woodward

    3:20-3:50pm       Boys Varsity       MTA vs. David Ellis Detroit

    September 28th

    12:00-12:30pm  Girls Varsity        Woodward vs. Allen

    12:40-1:10pm    Girls Varsity        Allen vs. MTA

    1:20-1:50pm       Girls Varsity        Woodward vs. MTA

    2:00-2:30pm       Boys Varsity       DAAS vs. David Ellis West

    2:40-3:10pm       Boys Varsity       Allen vs. DAAS

    3:20-3:50pm       Boys Varsity       Allen vs. David Ellis West

    About Detroit PAL
    Detroit PAL is a non-profit organization positively impacting the lives of nearly 10,000 children each year through athletic and leadership development programs with roots dating back to 1970.

    Detroit PAL empowers the community by training volunteer coaches and creating safe places for kids to play. Each year, Detroit PAL teaches more than 1,300 caring community members how to be encouraging and effective mentors. Detroit PAL has also renovated numerous parks across the city, transforming them into some of the city’s premier athletic facilities.

    About Opportunity Detroit
    Opportunity Detroit is a campaign that promotes downtown Detroit as a great place to live, work and play. The campaign launched last fall as a partnership with Quicken Loans, Rock Ventures, the Detroit Regional Chamber (of Commerce), and dozens of non-profit, civic and business organizations in the city. It started as a commercial web site, and it continues to evolve as a campaign to tell Detroit’s story as an emerging high-tech hub, and the city’s ongoing transformation from a muscle economy of the past to the brain economy of the present and future.

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