Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad announced a new partnership with the Long Island Nets to provide free youth basketball clinics this summer at Hempstead Town parks.
“Teaming up with the Long Island Nets to provide free basketball clinics for kids is a ‘slam dunk,’” Santino said. “Thanks to the Nets, our kids can learn how to play like the pros.”
The Long Island Nets, the National Basketball Development League affiliate (NBADL) of the Brooklyn Nets, are Hempstead Town’s new professional basketball team. Led by Head Coach Ronald Nored, the team is set to start playing home games this fall at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale. The Long Island Nets played their inaugural 2016-17 season at Barclays Center in Brooklyn as renovations to the new Coliseum were finalized.
“The Long Island Nets are a wonderful team and a passionate organization,” stated Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. “I am proud to have such an accomplished team call Hempstead Town their home.”
The Town of Hempstead and the Long Island Nets have scheduled three basketball clinics for 2017. All three clinics, for ages 6 to 13, will take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The clinics are open to Town of Hempstead residents only.
- Saturday, July 15 at Veterans Memorial Park in East Meadow.
- Saturday, August 12 at Oceanside Park in Oceanside.
- Saturday, September 16 at Newbridge Road Park in South Bellmore.
“This is a great opportunity for our youth to not only learn the fundamentals of basketball from actual professionals, but also a chance to learn some valuable life lessons,” added Councilman Anthony D’Esposito.
Long Island Nets clinicians teach teamwork, leadership and responsibility through basketball. Youth will learn basketball fundamentals like passing, dribbling, shooting, footwork, conditioning, and offensive and defensive skills. There will also be Long Island Nets giveaways for participants.
“This initiative is the first building block of what will be an enduring relationship between the Long Island Nets and the Town of Hempstead as we continue to serve our neighborhood,” said Alton Byrd, Vice President of Business Operations of the Long Island Nets. “With a focus on the future and a commitment to community development, we hope to foster the growth of the next generation of Long Island Nets basketball players and fans alike.”
Participants are limited to one clinic date. Space is limited.
“We welcome the Long Island Nets to America’s largest township and wish them the best as they gear up for their first season in their new home at the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum,” Santino said.