LONG ISLAND (April 9, 2019) – As a part of the team’s #MORETHANAGAME season-long promotional and philanthropic platform, the Long Island Nets and Bank of America have collaborated on the “Three for Vets,” initiative throughout the 2018-2019 season with a monthly in-game tribute where Bank of America donated $300 to a local charity for every three-point shot made by the Nets. A total of $18,900 has been donated to six different charities throughout this season.
“It was a proud moment to have the opportunity to distribute checks to these local nonprofits,” said Bob Isaksen, Bank of America Long Island president. “For nearly 100 years, Bank of America has served the military community and as part of that it means being there for our military-affiliated employees as well as collaborating with nonprofit partners that are on the front lines supporting service members, veterans and their families each and every day.”
Bob Isaksen, Bank of America Long Island president along with Ranisha Pendleton a BOA employee in Medford and military veteran, presents six beneficiaries with the funds raised through “Threes for Vets” at the Long Island Nets home game on Mar. 23 at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
“We are thrilled to partner with Bank of America to support several incredible local organizations benefitting veterans,” stated Alton Byrd, Vice President of Business Operations, Long Island Nets. “Supporting veterans is part of our team and arena’s mission and we are looking forward to continuing those efforts in the future with Bank of America.”
Brooklyn Nets/Long Island Nets two-way player Theo Pinson notched a collective 13 three-point shots during designated games, raising $3,900 toward the total.
During the team’s Military Appreciation Game against the Delaware Blue Coats on Nov.11, the Long Island Nets made nine three-pointers raising $2,700 for Paws for War. Paws of War is a non-profit organization that provides service dogs and training to veterans who have served in any branch of the uniformed services, have a service-connected disabling medical condition, or have been released from all service and reserve obligations. Since 2014, Paws for War has supported over 100 Veterans with service dogs rescued from kill shelters.
Representatives from United Veterans Beacon House and Paws of War stand center court to receive the funds raised through the campaign.
On Dec. 2, when the team hosted the Lakeland Magic, the Long Island Nets made nine three-pointers raising $2,700 for Long Beach Waterfront Warriors, a non-profit organization that provides soldiers and their families with free vacations and other benefits.
During the Jan. 21 contest against Raptors 905, the Nets made eight three-pointers raising $2,400 for Project 9 Line. Project 9 Line is a non-profit organization that focuses on bridging the communication gap between veterans and civilians, while enabling veterans to express themselves uniquely through different forms of art.
During their game against the Memphis Hustle on Feb. 24, the Long Island Nets made 18 three-pointers raising $5,400 for General Needs. General Needs is a non-profit organization that focuses on helping 5000+ homeless Long Island Veterans and their families by providing basic necessities through charitable donations and support from the public.
On Mar. 8, during their game against the Maine Red Claws, the Nets scored 11 three-pointers raising $3,300 for VetsBuild a signature program of United Way of Long Island’s Mission United. VetsBuild is dedicated to providing job training in green construction, energy-efficient weatherization for veterans and their families in the community at no charge to the veteran.
The Long Island Nets made eight three pointers during their Mar 16 game against the Westchester Knicks, raising $2,400 for Beacon House. Beacon House is a non-profit that provides essential services to assist veterans through everyday life, including benefit programs that address homelessness, physical disabilities, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, mental health issues and addiction. They also provide services to aid veterans in re-entering the job market.