Project Overview

PROJECT: Pistons Game Changer
LOCATION: Auburn Hills, Michigan

VETERAN: Eric Lund
BRANCH: Michigan National Guard
DESIGNERS: Kyle Singler, Nick Zalewski

VIDEO: Detroit Pistons
VENUE: Palace of Auburn Hills
PARTNERS: Detroit Pistons

Design Story


V.XX.MMXII, May 20th, 2012, then 29 year-old Michigan National Guard soldier, Eric Lund, and his team were hit by a roadside bomb. Flipping his vehicle over and pinning him underneath, Lund suffered numerous severe injuries that included the loss of both arms. He battled intensely in order to survive, and since then, he’s done much more than just that…

The blue wave-like motion within his design represents defying the odds in learning how to surf, while the red stands for the stripes on the U.S. flag. The fluidity of the design signifies the journey Lund faces on a daily basis, while the olive branches signify the victory he works toward and the reward of peace it brings him. The dot within the “V” is the “faith of a mustard seed” he and his family clung onto in the darkest hours. Each star symbolizes an arm lost while the “A” above is a reminder that May 20th was really his “alive day” in his new life where nothing goes unappreciated.