During the month of March, The Long Island Nets wrapped up the regular season on the court with a lopsided victory over the Greensboro Swarm, 126 – 93. Off the court, the players and office staff engaged with events in the community.
The Long Island Nets started the month off with 2 Long island Nets Basketball Academy clinics in Levittown, NY. This was the first time that the 2 LINBA Clinics were held back to back in the same day. This resulted in have over 160 kids come through the program.
Next, the Long Island Nets players had an autograph signing session at a local Long Island PC Richard and Son. Fans from across the area came by to see their favorite players and have some of their favorite items autographed.
Finally, the office staff went to speak to students at Glen Cove High School for a school assembly. This discussion is not only talks about the Long Island Nets but also about choices students make, good or bad, affect them in the long term. Overall, the students left the assembly knowing more about the Long Island Nets and the impact of their choices.
With the NBA All-Star Week festivities in full swing, the Long Island Nets still found time to get out into the community to help kids. There were 2 events indoor and outdoor during the month of February.
First, the Long Island Nets business staff invited a group of at risk kids to NYCB Live to show them what it’s like working in sports. The kids got to see how Tennis is set up, got a tour of the Long Island Nets Locker room and got to understand what the office staff did to get ahead and how they arrived at their current positions. The PROSPER group were so happy that we did this that they wanted to come back later in the month, which they did.
Next, The Long Island Nets conducted their monthly Long Island Nets Basketball Academy Clinics at the Plainview Y-JCC. This allowed the kids to get out and learn the basics of basketball. Each kid left with a Long Island Nets Basketball Academy T-shirt and drawstring book bag.
Finally, The Long Island Nets players went out into the community for a meet and greet with kids at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Then players got to learn about the history of the museum, play games with kids and interact with fans.
This month, The Long Island Nets started the new year by visiting all of the students at McVey Elementary School. Shannon Scott and Jeremy Senglin participated in the event where they visited every single classroom to provide students with gifts, signed autographs and took pictures. Kids were excited about the upcoming game and seeing NBA players for the very first time.
Next, our office staff went to a charity event called Hoops for Harrison. This event is to raise money and awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis. Our staff helped provide the winners with prize packs and a brief history about what our team is about and what we do in the community.
Next, our office staff went out again to another High School for our Assembly Program about winners, losers and choosers. The staff went to Roosevelt High School and our VP of Business Operations told his story about how education and impacts the lives of people.
Finally, we closed the month with our NBA Fit Week activation at Northern Parkway Elementary School where 50 kids, at the top of their respective classes, were treated to seeing the Long Island Nets players guide them through Fitness exercises. The day ended with photos, autographs and a promise to eat better foods.
During the month of October, the Long Island Nets provided clinics and family fun activities all over Long Island.
We started the month by hosting a Long Island Nets Basketball Academy Clinic here at NYCB LIVE on October 1st. The kids who participated were very excited to have the opportunity to play basketball on an NBA court. Later in the day, we held our first-ever Tip-Off Party, which featured on-court activities, a performance by our Kids Dance Team, among other fun events. The day was a great success!
On October 5th, members of our front office team had the opportunity to read to some lucky children at Hillside Public Library. The staff was able to engage the children through an interesting selection of books that promoted literacy and education. On October 7th, the Long Island Nets went to the Farmingdale Street Fair for a family fun day. Kids were able to shoot a few hoops, win some prizes and have a ton of fun while learning about the team.
On October 8th, the Long Island Nets went to the Ride for PTSD at Eisenhower Park, a street fair that promoted awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder, and the need to be aware of the telling signs of the disease. It was a great day of learning for the organization. On October 14th and 15th, we brought the inflatable pop-a-shot and prize wheel to OysterFest, a massive fair that saw hundreds of thousands of people attend. Kids were able to shoot around for hours and had the opportunity to win some awesome Nets swag.
On October 18th, our Community Relations Coordinator, Marlon Clarke, had the opportunity to sit on the Hicksville High School Leadership Committee. Marlon discussed what it’s like working in sports, and the importance of primary education in order to be put on an excellent path for future success. On October 21st, we attended the annual Fall Festival at West Hills, and on October 22nd we attended Pumpkin Park at Adventure Land, which was a fun-filled weekend for the all who attended. Kids had the opportunity to practice their shooting skills on the inflatable and learn more about the Long Island Nets.
As our final community event on the month, our Vice President of Business Operations, Alton Byrd, discussed what it’s like to work in sports and the path he’s taken to be where he is today. He engaged the students and encouraged them to follow their dreams and with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.
During the month of September, the Long Island Nets provided clinics and family fun activities on Long Island. First, the Vice President of the Long Island Nets, Alton Byrd went to Westbury High School to speak to kids about the choices they make. It was to promote education through real life experiences. All of the students were engaged and learned how their choices in an out of school can affect them.
The entire Long Island Nets staff took time out to help Veterans in need by painting their assembly hall and building a ramp for their wheelchair dependent veterans. Next, the Long Island Nets Clinicians went to the Inwood community center to provide kids with a free basketball clinic and provide backpacks to the youth.
The final outdoor clinic for the season was completed with the Town of Hempstead. The long Island Nets clinicians went to Newbridge Park in Bellmore for another free basketball clinic. Kids each were given t-shirts and a drawstring book bag with some gifts inside.
Next, the Long Island Nets brought their inflatable pop-a-shot to Lido Beach for Festival by the Sea. Kids were able to shoot around for hours while learning about the Long Island Nets.
The Long Island Nets went to the Long Island Parent Fam Fest at LIU Post for a family fun day. Kids were able to shoot a few hoops, win some prizes and have a ton of fun.
The Long Island Nets Staff then headed to Columbia University to speak to students about their time in sports and about the NBA G League.
Finally, the Long Island Nets held their local player tryouts at LIU post in which over 115 people participated in the open audition for a chance to make it to the professional level.
July was another great month for the Long Island Nets in the community.
The Long Island Nets partnered with the Town of Hempstead to host their first of three free basketball clinics. The first clinic was at Veterans Memorial Park. Each child was greeted with a warm welcome and Long Island Nets T-shirt. The kids were able to learn basketball fundamentals while also learning about leadership and teamwork.
Next, the Long Island Nets Business Staff were able to participate in the Grand Reopening of a local Burger King by providing an inflatable Pop-a-Shot. Kids and adults were able to shoot around and win prizes right after getting their meals.
The Long Island Nets Basketball Academy made its way to Sewanhaka High School where underserved kids were treated to a basketball clinic. Each kid received a basketball academy t shirt and went through several drills focusing on defense, shooting, passing, and rebounding.
Finally, the entire Long Island Nets Business Staff found themselves back in Brooklyn where they participated in a day of giving back to the community. Some members went to a park to revitalize a wooded area, some went to local schools to read and interact with kids, and other were able to donate sneakers to those who were in need. Overall it was a great community day for the entire team.
The Long Island Nets started of the month of June with their basketball academy clinic at the Nassau PAL gym in New Hyde Park. Kids went through several basketball drills that taught them the fundamentals of basketball.
Next, the business staff went to a local after school program called Amazing Journeys. They were able to speak to the kids about following their dreams and goals, that nothing they want in life is impossible and to always believe in themselves.
For Flag Day, the business staff went to Oceanside School #5 to participate in the school’s Flag Day activities. Local Veterans taught the elementary school kids about the United States Flag and the history of the country.
The Long Island Nets held Fan Fest at the Nassau Coliseum. Over 1,000 fans came out to support the event. Brooklyn Nets player Archie Goodwin, Long Island Nets Players J.J. Moore and Prince Ibeh were able to attend the event to take pictures with fans and sign some autographs.
The Long Island Nets also held their dance team clinics and dance team auditions. Over 100 kids came to tryout from the team. The final roster is made up of kids from Nassau and Suffolk counties. The kids will perform for the first time during the month of November.
Long Island Nets Clinicians went to Bishop Frank O White Park to help a local organization with their basketball tournament. This was a 2-day clinic where kids from 4-13 were able to learn the basics as well as further their skills in preparation of making their respective teams.
During the month of May, the Long Island Nets accepted 2 awards based on community engagement, held a basketball clinic, visited a local high school, and made their presence at the Long Island Marathon.
First, Long Island Nets Head Coach, Ronald Nored, stopped by the Lido Beach Gym to accept a noble citation from the Town of Hempstead. The Long Island Nets will hold 3 clinics with the town during the summer.
Next, The Long Island Nets business staff went to Safety Town in Eisenhower Park where kids ran their version of the Long Island Marathon and were able to shoot around on the inflatable pop-a-shot.
Some of the business staff visited Uniondale High School for a PTA meeting with all of the local schools in the area. The staff talked about who the Long Island Nets are and what they intend on doing in the community.
The entire business staff went to Hempstead High School to speak as a panel to High School Students about being in sports and business as well as what it means to succeed and fail. All the students and school staff members loved the panel and welcomed the team back next year.
Finally, The Long Island Nets staff and clinicians went to the Dutch Broadway Elementary School to teach the students proper form and techniques of basketball. The basketball clinic lasted 2 hours and each student left with a Long Island Nets drawstring book bag.
On April 8th, the Long Island Nets hosted their first Open House Clinic inside the newly renovated NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Kids were able to step onto the Long Island Nets court before the players did and take part in a 2-hour basketball clinic. The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) hosted a Sports and Safety Clinic, which led the participants through a series of warm up exercises. Every child that participated left with Long Island Nets T-shirt.
On April 10th-14th, the Long Island Nets hosted their first ever week long Camp at Island Garden. This camp provided over 150 kids with unique experience to participate and learn from Long Island Nets Coach Ronald Nored and other skilled clinicians. While the camp helped kids develop and improve their basketball skills, it also focused on teamwork, leadership and respect. Each child left with a Long Island Nets T-shirt and drawstring book bag.
On April 17th, the Long Island Nets business staff went to the United Way corporate office in Deer Park to help teens with behavior and attitudes in the workplace. Staff spoke about being a positive team off the court and how to properly respond to conflicts and hurdles that may arise. The staff also presented specialized coins to veterans that graduated from the United Way’s veterans program.
Finally, the team held another Long Island Nets Basketball Academy Clinic at the Hicksville Athletic Recreation center in Hicksville. Kids spent two hours participating in drills and learning new skills on the court.
During the Month of March, The Long Island Nets players spent their time serving the community exclusively on Long Island.
In partnership with Modells the Long Island Nets had two Meet and Greet appearances at two Long Island locations. First, Long Island Nets Players J.J. Moore and Boris Dallo partnered with Modells for a Meet and Greet at their Bay Shore store. With J.J. Moore being from Long Island, friends, family and fans came out to get a chance to meet them. The second event was held at the Freeport location where Nets player Egidijus Mockevious signed autographs and took pictures with fans.
Next, players Cliff Alexander and Trevor Cooney visited the Cohen’s Children Hospital in New Hyde Park during Hoops for St. Jude Week. This is an annual event where players spend time with kids who are going through cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Each child the players met with received a Long Island Nets Book bag.
The Long Island Nets partnered with Target and the Pajama Program to read to elementary school students in Hempstead. Long Island Nets player Akil Mitchell read aloud to over 300 students. and presented the school with a Long Island Nets Basketball signed by everyone on the team including Head Coach, Ronald Nored.
Later in the month Long Island Nets Player Prince Ibeh visited East Rockaway High School to meet with kids from 3 different classrooms to speak about adversity in life and sports as well as following your dreams. Long Island Nets Front Office Staff member Erica Szczygiel, visited the Gersh Academy where she spoke to students about being is sports and how education is crucial in the business world.
The Long Island Nets held their 2nd Long Island Nets Basketball Academy Clinic at the Freeport Recreation Center. Children were able to go through extensive drills while learning leadership and team work. Each child was given a Long Island Nets Basketball Academy Shirt.
During the month of February, the Long Island Nets participated in a variety of events in both Brooklyn and Long Island.
The Long Island Nets business staff made education and events at schools a focus this month. The students of Sunset Park High School were able to hear staff members talk to them about marketing, business operations, community relations and game presentation in sports. Next, the business staff visited Sewanhaka High School for the 1st Basketball Clinic presented by Demetrius Taylor and Senator Elaine Phillips. The clinic brought fun, excitement and knowledge to over 100 underserved kids in the community. All the kids left with a Long Island Nets T-Shirt and string bag.
Long Island Nets players Lazar Hayward and Carrick Felix visited P.S. 156 in Brooklyn and put on a fitness clinic as part of NBA Fit Week. During the week, kids are inspired and encouraged to be fit, be active and stay healthy. Each child was able to get an NBA Fit shirt and autographs from both Carrick and Lazar.
Next, the business staff visited Wyandanch for an iLuvBball Basketball Clinic. Staff members were able to speak to parents to get a real sense of what’s needed in their area. More basketball was the common answer of the night.
The first Long Island Nets Basketball Academy Clinic was held at the Yes We Can Center on Feb. 25th. Kids between the ages of 6 and 13 were able to go through drills focusing on defense, dribbling, rebounding, and shooting. They also learned lessons in leadership, teamwork and hard work. Each kid left with a Long Island Nets T-shirt and string bag.
Finally, the Long Island Nets Marketing Coordinator, Amanda, proudly visited her old High School, Oceanside High School, as she spoke to 5 different classes about sports marketing.