I live in a small country town located in south central Pennsylvania. (Shippensburg) I do much volunteer work with the local youth. There is no better method to reach out to youth than a basketball court. I have been a Detroit Pistons fans since the "Bad Boys" days and have proudly cheered for them and used them as examples in many of the meetings with the youth. I have traveled to the Verison Center to cheer for my Pistons as they played the Washington Wizards. At my last game there, I was the victor of a challenge from the Wizards mascot in a "friendly" boxing match. After years of dreaming of seeing my boys play in the Palace, I FINALLY made my first trip last year. The experience of being at the Palace and enjoying the thrill of being there and cheering with Piston fans was so awesome, I returned for another game. This year being the the 50th celebration I have been blessed to make the trip to the Palace to enjoy several games. There is nothing like entering the Palace and looking at the court that I watch so many times on TV. To be there and enjoy the atmosphere is awesome. While on the job, I use my Pistons as examples of the perfect team work they represent. I proudly wear my Pistons Hard Hat at work and all know my love for the team. I have adopted the entire team and organization and refer to them as "My Boys". Many co-workers and friends started calling me the "Team Mom" becuase of my joy in talking about them. The youth of the neighborhood fill my living room when there is a Piston Game on TV. Some come to cheer for the other team, many are being converted to Piston fans. The Pistons have become my way of reaching out to the youth and they provide an excellent example for the youth.
Distance - Not a problem for Team Mom
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