As a part of the NBA’s seventy fifth Anniversary celebration, the Brooklyn Nets have unveiled their Legacy Project to mark the league’s anniversary with the re-opening of the renovated Joseph Miccio Community Center Fitness Room in Red Hook.
The Voice of the Brooklyn Nets, Olivier Sedra, served as MC for the occasion, as BSE Global Executive Vice President of Community Relations and Communications Mandy Gutmann was joined by Michelle Yanche, Executive Director of Good Shepherd Services, Roland Knight, Sr. Program Director of the Joseph Miccio Community Center, Coucilmember Alexa Aviles, and Nets Legend Albert King.
The health room was broken throughout Hurricane Ida in 2021 and was unusable till the renovation. “To commemorate the NBA’s seventy fifth Anniversary, groups from across the league have been working laborious to renovate areas of their communities,” mentioned Gutmann. “Particularly, we’re centered on areas the place youth stay, be taught, and play and it is a area the place youth undoubtedly be taught and play, so very becoming, which is why we recognized this area as our seventy fifth Anniversary Legacy Project.”
The Miccio Community Center serves households from the NYCHA Red Hook Houses with programming all year long. “Healthy residing, before everything,” mentioned Knight. “We need to attempt a culinary program we’ve got so far as instructing our youth how you can cook dinner and eat proper and eat clear after which mix that with a bodily exercise. We additionally need to use this area as a mentoring area, not simply to work out however to have conversations about figuring out, the significance of being bodily match and having the ability to have discussions right here.”
As a part of the renovation, the Nets offered treadmills, a motorbike machine, weights and racks, benches, and different multifunctional tools. In addition, the area was embellished with three murals. “This represents Red Hook,” mentioned Knight. “It represents the Miccio. It represents every one among us. Every one on this room, all our members. We all need peace and all of us need unity and sadly that’s been very laborious the final couple years, particularly through the pandemic, however I feel we’re on the highway to restoration.”
Good Shepherd Services manages the Miccio Community Center Fitness Room and operates over 80 packages serving practically 30,000 youth and members of the family all through New York City. “The younger individuals need to be engaged in exercise and we’ve acquired to make these issues accessible,” mentioned Yanche. “For younger individuals to become involved in wholesome train and exercise, I feel post-pandemic, as a result of we’re all needing to be extra energetic, to train once more, I feel it’s going to be an actual draw.”
Gutmann supplied due to the NBA, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, Good Shepherd Services, NYCHA, and the Miccio Community Center. “Brooklyn Nets, it’s been a pleasure, it’s been an honor,” mentioned Knight. “I can’t start to talk on how necessary that is for our neighborhood. I’m wanting ahead to persevering with this partnership as a result of as I mentioned to different individuals that is simply step one in taking our neighborhood heart to the place it must be and that’s a spot the place everybody can go.”