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Nov. 10, 2006
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Pistons' Dumars to talk about building a winning team at EMU Nov. 13

YPSILANTI — Most grand openings include a celebrity appearance and Eastern Michigan University’s new student center is no exception.

As part of the continuing celebration of the opening of EMU’s newest facility, Detroit Pistons former player and current president of basketball operations Joe Dumars will speak about what it takes to build a winning team, Monday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Grand Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call For more information about this event, call Campus Life at 734-487-3045 or go to www.emich.edu/campuslife.

“We wanted to inspire our students, faculty and staff – to help them see how passion, effort, and dedication to a vision can bring that dream to reality,” said Melissa Ginotti, director of campus life.

The parallels to the EMU Student Center are clear, according to Glenna Frank Miller, executive director of the student center.  The building took seven years to complete from the time of its initial inception, and was “truly a labor of love which required tenacity as well as a dream team of passionate players all giving their all to make this project happen.”

The EMU Student Center officially opened its doors Monday, Nov. 6.  The EMU Student Center will serve as the new hub for student services and organizations, along with an exhaustive list of amenities ranging from a bookstore and food court to a 24-hour computer lab and conference/banquet facilities. Grand-opening events continue throughout the week, wrapping up with a dedication ceremony Friday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m.

Ginotti said Dumars was invited to participate in this celebration precisely because he is such as outstanding role model – his professional success is a testament to the value of teamwork.

Fresh from his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September, the former Detroit Pistons guard is highly regarded for his tireless work ethic, commitment to the community and strength of character. Few athletes have earned the level of respect that Dumars maintains from the public and his peers in the NBA and all other professional sports. Fans in Detroit, and throughout the nation, recognize Joe as a caring and generous individual, a family man of principle and a role model for children and adults alike.

Under Dumars’ direction, the Pistons cemented their place amongst the NBA’s elite, appearing in four consecutive Eastern Conference Finals, two NBA Finals, and winning the NBA Championship in 2004. In 2006, the Pistons accomplished historic feats, winning a league-high and team record 64 games, and sending four of five starters to the NBA All-Star Game. Dumars was named “NBA Executive of the Year” by the NBA and The Sporting News in 2003.

As a player, Dumars is one of only eight to play more than 1,000 games with his first NBA team. In his 14-year playing career, Dumars was a six-time All-Star, and played on two  NBA Championship teams. He retired following the 1998-99 season as the Pistons' all-time leader in games played with 1,018; three-point field goals with 990; and ranks No. 2 on the franchise career lists in scoring (16,401), assists (4,612) and steals (902). 

Dumars was the recipient of the Newsweek American Achievement Award given annually to a select group of Americans for their respective community achievements and contribution to society; was named the 1996 Sales and Marketing Executives of Detroit Communicator of the Year; and was the recipient of the NBA’s Inaugural Sportsmanship Award that included a $25,000 donation to the charity of Dumars’ choice. From the first day he joined the Detroit Pistons in 1985, Dumars has always been extremely supportive of numerous charitable causes.  The Joe Dumars Charitable Foundation - benefiting Children’s Hospital of Michigan, William Beaumont Hospital and Oakwood Healthcare System - has become one of Southeast Michigan’s most prestigious charity events, raising more than $1 million for the kids in need of serious medical attention.




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