The Brooklyn Nets helped unveil the opening of a new community schoolyard as a part of the NYC Playground Program.
The Nets organization alongside the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, Trust for Public Land, New York Liberty Foundation and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection opened the renovated court at Juan Morel Campos Secondary School in Brooklyn.
Trust for Public Land’s NYC Playground Program aims to renovate rundown playgrounds into vibrant city parks open for the entire community.
Outside of just a basketball court the park includes an outside classroom, game tables and play and fitness equipment. A turf field and track are also apart of the schoolyard, and with the turf field being built sustainably reportedly it will capture 840,000 gallons of stormwater each year.
The schoolyard will be open to the community outside of school hours and can generate family time for the surrounding areas.
Mandy Guttman, Executive Vice President of Communications, said the following about the initiative:
“We know that the skills learned in basketball can transcend into tools for life and through this partnership, we are helping ensure the surrounding community has a place to play. We hope these beautifully designed courts will inspire the students to play hard, study hard, and have fun.”