This month, the Long Island Nets focused on mentoring and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Long Island Nets players, Drew Gordon and Shannon Scott went to Northern Parkway Elementary School in Uniondale. The players went over quotes from Dr. Kings life and went over how those quotes applied to their personal and professional lives. The players also asked the kids what they thought Dr. Kings Quotes meant to them. The teachers also gave their take on Dr. Kings quotes. At the end, The players were able to provide the students with tickets to the upcoming MLK legacy game at NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veterans Coliseum. The very next day, Long Island Nets players Okaro White and Tahjere McCall went to the same school and participated in the MLK event themselves.
Later on in the week, Long Islannd Nets players Nuni Omot and Ismael Sanago went to Roosevelt Middle School to speak to the boys and girls basketball team about their upbringings and one of Dr.Kings quotes. The players later went though a clinic with the kids that went over coordination, defense, passing and dribbling.
Team Hype went to an Elementary School in Roosevelt with Dr. Michelle Reed to talk about fitness and go over health and wellness. The kids learned about exercising regularly while learning some dance moves from Team Hype. Kids were able to receive some Long Island Nets Swag at the end of the session.
Dale the Eagle also go out into the community by visiting local business and delivering them food. Dale made his way to places like Ace Hardware, PC Richard and Son, Exit Realty and Family Bagel.
The Long Island Nets held their open practice where all fans were welcome to see the players go through a true NBA practice. The fans were able to come onto the court and meet the players as well as take part in an all team autograph session.
During the month of December, the Long Island Nets participated in many heart felt events based around the NBA’s Season of Giving platform where the Nets and the front office staff give back to the community in a big way.
First, Mitch Creek, Theo Pinson, and Long Island Nets VP of Business Operations, Alton Byrd helped provide the Yes we can Center in Westbury it’s first Christmas Tree. Players spoke about the meaning of Christmas as well as took pictures with players, handed out some gifts and even took a ride with Santa in the local Westbury firetruck.
Next, the Long Island Nets Team Hype and Dale went out into the Freeport area of Long Island. They specifically went to Trimz Barbershop to provide kids with free hair cuts, give out gifts, and dance with the kids in the shop. Each kid was able to walk away with a gift. Dale even was able to surprise a barber for their birthday with a birthday cake.
Finally, Long Island Nets players Tahjere McCall, Alan Williams and the front office staff took part in 3 (three) events in one day. The players first went to the Target store in Hicksville to provide 5 families in need with gifts for the Holiday’s they couldn’t otherwise afford.
Jordan McLaughlin , Nuni Omot, Scott Simpson, and Ryan Forehan-Kelly participated in this type of event at another Target in Levittown. Kids of the families got to see the players and get gifts at the same time. Kids we also treated to food after their shopping was completed.
Speaking of food, the final event on that day had Long Island Nets players Thomas Wimbush and Kamari Murphy went to a local Key Food in Massapequa to provide another 5 families with food for the holidays.
During the month of November, the Long Island Nets went out into the community and focused on local Long Island Veterans and families in need.
Earlier in the month, the Long Island Nets staff worked with the Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island to bring in veterans to speak about their experiences in the service. Veterans ranged from WWII to the Vietnam War. Each of their stories were shared on social media and during the special Military Appreciation themed game.
Later in the month, the Long Island Nets players went to Gateway Christian Center in Valley Stream to provide holiday meals to families in need. The families got to meet the players as well as provide them with tickets to upcoming games. At the end, the Nets were able to provide 33 families with meals.
The players soon thereafter went to a local Keyfoods Supermarket in Massapequa to provide an entire shopping cart of food for the holidays. These carts went to families that have fallen under extreme hardship. Each family left extremely grateful and with a full refrigerator of food.
Finally, the players connected with local veterans at the American Legion 1033. The players partnered with ACE hardware to provide shop for the supplies and dropped them off to the American Legion. The members were extremely appreciative and plan on coming out to a game.
During the month of October, the Long Island Nets players and front office went back into the community to assist kids and organizations with their incredible events.
Fist, the Long Island Nets staff went to Tiegerman’s 1st annual field event in East Meadow’s Eisenhower Park. Kids were able to learn about the Long Island Nets and participate in the inflatable pop a shot game. These same kids will be back for the Long Island Nets Education Day on Dec 4th at 11am
Next, the Long Island Nets staff made surprise visits to schools in Uniondale and dropped off schools supplies to them. Each of the schools were very gracious to have the supplies that will definitely go towards benefiting students and their education.
Oyster fest is an annual event for the Long Island Nets as the weekend brought out many people from across the island. Dale the Eagle even made a surprise visit and got the crowd going with his dancing on stage and even went on rides in the theme park. In all, it was a great weekend for the entire team.
The Long Island Nets players made their first community appearance at a local elementary school where the game of NBA Math Hoops was played. Players got the see the game first hand and participated in the draft process by taking pictures and signing contracts. The players went back to the same school two days later to speak to kids about the importance of health and wellness and what it means to eat well and stay fit.
The Team President, Alton Byrd went to the annual Glow of Hope event in Mineola to talk about how cancer impacts families including his own and what can be done inform others on how to take care of themselves during those difficult times. A cancer awareness night will be held by the Long Island Nets in March.
The Long Island Nets players went to the monthly Long Island Nets Basketball Academy Clinic in Hicksville to teach kids about leadership and skills such as passing, defense, offense, and shooting. Each child got to take a picture with the players and left with a Long Island Nets T-shirt.
The front office staff then went to the McVey Elementary 5k. The team was able to sponsor the race and came to give out prizes for the winners. It was a great morning for all those who participated in the event.
Finally, members of the United State military came in to speak about their stories on and off the field. A member from each branch was represented and will have their stories told during Hoops for Troops week.
During the month of September, the Long Island Nets started the month focusing on kids as they headed back to school. The Nets partnered with the United Way, Target, and both Senator Phillips and Hannon for their 2nd annual Stuff A Bus event. School beneficiaries went to Roosevelt and Freeport School Districts along with schools in Uniondale.
The Nets followed up with their Math Hoops tutoring session open to all Long Island schools and teachers. The Math Hoops game brings together basketball and math in a truly unique and exciting way. The Long Island Nets were the first NBA G League team to host the event.
Shifting gears, many young and talented hopefuls with hoop dreams participated in the 2nd Annual Local Player Tryouts at LIU Post for a chance to make it onto the Long Island Nets roster. However, the Nets wanted to gauge the talent from the far left side of the island as well. A tryout in Brooklyn was held just a week later with just as much enthusiasm and talent in Long Island.
Basketball Clinics were back in full swing as the Long Island Nets clinicians held 3 clinics this month. 2 of which were with Assemblyman Brian Curran in Baldwin and Rockville Center. The kids had a great time engaging with the clinicians learning about the fundamentals of the sport. Each child was able to walk away with an NYPD basketball. The Freeport Recreation Center was the home of the September Long Island Nets Basketball Academy clinic. Kids on hand were able to learn about leadership, basketball fundamentals and teamwork.
The Long Island Nets started preparing for their upcoming season first with the Long Island Nets Kids dance workshops. These allowed young and talented dancers to gauge the style of dance expected this season. The Auditions soon came after and the final 15 were chosen to Long Island Nets Kids.
Next, the Long Island Nets front office headed over to the Ronald McDonald house to provide food to those in need and are receiving treatment while in care. The front office prepared a full dinner for the families and conversed with a few to further understand their stories.
The Long Island Nets clinicians went to Lutheran High School to put on a basketball clinic for kids. These kids went through various drills that tested their basketball knowledge. Kids had a great experience and will likely go back for years to come.
The next clinic at Sewanhaka High School was in partnership with Senator Elaine Phillips. The kids received shirts and drawstring book bags. The Senator and clinicians signed each shirt just for the kids.
The Long Island Nets ended the summer with their first ever Hoop Fest which is their 3 on 3 tournament. It was the first time the event was held on the island in many years. Many teams tried to claim the prize of $2500 but in the end, it was Team Triumph who came through and the 3 on 3 champions. On the same day, the Dale the eagle, the official mascot of the Long Island Nets, made his debut at the hoop fest to the delight of fans. Looks like Dale the eagle is here to stay.
During the month of July, the Long Island Nets went out into the community; interacting with kids through education and health and wellness activities.
First, the Long Island Nets went to East Meadow Public Library to read to a group of kids. 4 books were read aloud and at the end, the kids were given special giveaways.
Next, the Long Island Nets participated partnered with the Town of Hempstead and the Town of North Hempstead to put on 5 basketball clinics. The Nets were in Baldwin, Broadway park, the Chabad of Port Washington, New Hyde Park and in Port Washington. Each child from 6-13 were provided a Nets T-shirt and were given instruction on dribbling, passing, rebounding, and defense.
The team also held their Long Island Nets Basketball Academy Clinic at New Hyde Park where each child heard a story of a former player and the importance of listening. Kids went through drills and small competitions. The kids also received shirts and draw string bookbags.
The team finished up the month participating the Brooklyn Sports and Entertainments annual giveback day. Teams were spread out in Long Island and Brooklyn, helping clean schools, prep food, and pack education supplies for kids and families in need.
During the month of June, The Long Island Nets were out doing some good in the community and helping kids develop their basketball skills.
The Long Island Nets went to Come-In-Unity Day in Uniondale where kids were able to receive information about the Long Island Nets Kids Dance Team tryouts, Team Hype Tryouts, Hoop Fest, and ticket packages. Kids were also competing with each other for the most buckets on our inflatable pop-a shot. Local vendors and business also came out to provide a safe and fun day for all that attended.
Next, the Long Island Nets participated in the first of two Town of Hempstead basketball clinics. This clinic provided kids in the town a chance to interact with the Long Island Nets Clinicians and hear firsthand on how they arrived from playing the sport to teaching it. Each child also received a Long Island Nets T-shirt.
Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School also got a chance to participate with the Long Island Nets clinicians. Kids already involved in the camp were able to work through a clinic with the team’s clinicians. Each group went through dribbling, shooting, passing, and defense.
The Long Island Nets also mixed it up as they participated with the Islanders a couple of times. Once during the Islanders NHL Draft Party and next during the Islanders Blue and White Event. On both occasions, the Long Island Nets interacted with the New York Islanders via the inflatable pop-a-shot and presented its fan base with information on how they can get involved with the team in and around Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Finally, the team closed out the month with a Long Island Nets Basketball Academy Clinic at the team’s practice facility, the Yes We Can Center. Each child learned the fundamentals of basketball and how to be good teammates. Each child received a T-shirt and a Health First draw string bag.
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.