Five Days of Activities Celebrate the Team’s Relocation to Brooklyn

(BROOKLYN, NY) Brooklyn Nets Community Week, presented by Maimonides Medical Center, the Official Hospital and Team Physicians of the Brooklyn Nets, will take place April 30 – May 4, 2012. This unique series of special events will celebrate the team’s relocation to Brooklyn and introduction into the community.

The tip-off event will feature the Nets’ 40-foot mobile unit, the EXPERIENCE, where fans can participate in basketball shooting contests, dance to beats from “TJ the DJ,” and receive free Brooklyn Nets hats and t-shirts. In addition, the Nets will offer Brooklyn residents first access to non-premium season tickets before they are made available to the public. One thousand tickets will be available, starting at $15 each.

Brooklyn Nets Community Week will focus on the four pillars of the Brooklyn Nets Assist Program: Education, Athletics, Health & Wellness, and Community Development. Each day, members of the Nets organization will visit different neighborhoods within the borough to participate in a variety of activities with local residents, including a day of reading at several Brooklyn Public Library locations, sports clinics at the Park Slope Armory YMCA, a health & wellness education fair at LIU Brooklyn, and beautifying projects in Prospect Park. Throughout the week, the Nets will seek to create awareness for organizations that are working fervently to help the Brooklyn community thrive.

“Today is a great day for Brooklyn and Maimonides Medical Center,” said Pamela Brier, President and CEO of Maimonides Medical Center. “We are proud to be the Official Hospital and Team Physicians of the Brooklyn Nets, and we look forward to partnering with the team on wellness initiatives that can help foster a healthier Brooklyn.”

“Brooklyn Nets Community Week is an establishing moment for our organization as we partake in our first official community initiative as the Brooklyn Nets,” Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark said. “We are putting Brooklyn first in everything we do, beginning with offering Brooklyn residents first access to season tickets at Monday’s Community Week tip-off event. We are looking forward to serving an active role in the borough and meeting our new neighbors.”

“Brooklyn Nets Community Week gives Brooklynites the perfect opportunity to meet their new team, catch a glimpse of the Nets’ new logo and branding, and celebrate the return of major professional sports to Brooklyn after more than a half-century,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. “We’re just a few short months away from the exciting first tip-off at Barclays Center, and hoops fans in Brooklyn can’t wait. Brooklyn is the proud home to everyone from everywhere, and now we can proudly say to the Nets: Welcome home to Brooklyn!”

Monday, April 30th

WHAT: Fans can visit the Brooklyn Nets’ 40-foot mobile unit, The EXPERIENCE, to participate in basketball shooting contests, dance to beats from TJ the DJ, and receive free t-shirts and hats. Brooklyn residents will have first access to purchase Nets non-premium season tickets before they are made available to the public. The Nets are designating 1,000 tickets for sale, starting at $15 each. 
WHERE: The plaza on Atlantic Terminal at Atlantic Avenue and Fort Greene Place.
WHEN: 11am

Tuesday, May – Education

WHO: 50 kids (ages 5-8) per Brooklyn Public Library branch.
WHAT: The Brooklyn Nets will partner with multiple Brooklyn Public Library branches for a day of reading. Nets employees will read to kids Briana Goes Green from the book series Briana’s Neighborhood. Written by Sahar Simmons, who like her character Briana, was born and raised in Brooklyn. Each kid will receive his/her own copy of Briana Goes Green and a Nets t-shirt.  
WHERE: Main event to take place at Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights.
WHEN: 11am - 12noon

Wednesday, May 2nd – Athletics

WHO: 500 kids (ages 12-14) from local YMCAs.
WHAT: Kids will compete in sports clinics over the course of the day and receive a Nets t-shirt. Sports include basketball, track, soccer, and volleyball.
WHERE: Park Slope Armory YMCA, 361 15th St., Park Slope.
WHEN: 10am - 2 pm

Thursday, May 3rd – Health & Wellness

WHO: LIU Brooklyn students, faculty, and staff, Crunch Fitness instructors, and health care providers from Maimonides Medical Center and Metropolitan Jewish Health System (MJHS).
WHAT: Students, faculty, and staff will be invited to take part in health screenings and participate in Zumba, 90’s Hip Hop, and Yoga group classes taught by Crunch instructors. Maimonides will provide blood pressure and body mass index screenings as well as health education materials. MJHS, the innovative health system founded by the Brooklyn Ladies in 1907, will be providing education on navigating health care services.
WHERE: Long Island University Brooklyn, 1 University Plaza, Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center.
WHEN: 11am - 3pm

Friday, May 4th – Community Development

WHO: 50 local volunteers.
WHAT: Volunteers will participate in landscaping and painting projects in Prospect Park.
WHERE: Prospect Park, Lookout Hill, enter at 16 St. and Prospect Park SW.
WHEN: 10am - 2pm


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