Detroit — The Christmas season is over, but the Detroit Pistons players are still bestowing gifts.
Led by forward Anthony Tolliver, the Pistons raised a $230,000 donation to UNICEF for hurricane relief efforts in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico. Pistons owner Tom Gores, coach Stan Van Gundy and the NBA Players Association all backed the project and were to present the check at halftime of the Pistons-Rockets game Saturday night.
“The people affected by the 2017 hurricanes are still in need of our support,” said Tolliver, who is the Pistons’ player rep. “As a team, we wanted to help bring awareness back to the people who are still dealing with the aftermath of these natural disasters, and make a contribution toward the relief efforts.”
The Pistons invited more than 1,000 DTE Energy employees who assisted in power restoration in those regions to the game on Saturday. DTE sent hundreds of linemen and tree trimmers to Florida last September to help restore power. Additionally, another 80 DTE employees are being dispatched to Puerto Rico.