FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2017
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Long Island Nets to Call ‘Yes We Can’ Community Center Home for Practices
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Council Member Viviana Russell, and the Town Board have announced that the Long Island Nets (Nets) will be holding practices at the ‘Yes We Can’ Community Center’s NBA-regulation size basketball court in New Cassel starting in October 2017.
“The Town is excited to be welcoming the Long Island Nets to our ‘Yes We Can’ Community Center,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “Having a NBA-affiliated basketball team here in our community center will not only be exciting, but it will expand the activities that our youngsters can participate in.”
The Nets will be using the facility from October 2017 to April 2018. As part of the agreement, the Nets will be paying a $22,000 licensing fee for the use of the ‘Yes We Can’ Community Center for their team practice and athletic training for two hours a day, up to five days a week. The facility will also be opened to visiting teams to host a practice for two hours a day, one day a week.
"News of the Long Island Nets coming to the ‘Yes We Can’ Community Center is already creating a buzz in the community! I am excited about the opportunities that this partnership will create for our residents,” said Council Member Russell. “Having them here locally will be a tremendous asset. I thank Mr. Alton Byrd and the entire Long Island Nets organization for choosing Westbury as its home practice location."
The team will be providing the Town with exercise equipment for the ‘Yes We Can’ facility, along with commercial washers and dryers. They’ll also provide the Town with 420 tickets, including bus transportation, to Long Island Nets games held at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Tickets will be available to those who are part of the Town’s summer activities program, Martin “Bunky” Reid Park program, and the after school program held at the ‘Yes We Can’ Community Center.