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Why Detroit Pistons owner and Platinum Equity founder Tom Gores is sponsoring Detroit-area basketball camps

At first, Kyree Thomas was not keen on attending the free, five-day basketball camp recently held a short distance from downtown Pontiac (Mich.).

She wasn’t feeling the early morning start times.

But after “encouragement” from her mother, she decided to participate in the camp sponsored by Platinum Equity founder and Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores. On the camp’s final day, the Clarkston Community Schools student was glad she changed her mind.

“It challenged me to do things that I wasn’t comfortable doing,” Thomas said. “It took me out of my comfort zone.”

In a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, the recent camp was the first of three that Gores will sponsor with the others being held in Mount Clemens and Eastpointe.