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Community Recaps

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.