Barclays Nets Community Alliance Unveils Playground
Basketball Court, Track, Tennis Courts, and More
Completed in Conjunction with Out2Play
–Carlo Scissura, Senior Advisor to the Brooklyn Borough President,
and NETS Assistant GM Bobby Marks Attend Event–
November 9, 2011
BROOKLYN, N.Y.—Carlo Scissura, Senior Advisor to the Brooklyn Borough President, and NETS Assistant General Manager Bobby Marks assembled at P.S. 9 in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn today to celebrate the unveiling of the refurbished school playground that was funded in part by the Barclays Nets Community Alliance.
Also attending the event were P.S. 9 Principal Sandra D’Avilar, Forest City Ratner Companies Assistant Vice President Brigitte LaBonte, and Out2Play, Inc. Founder and Executive Director Andrea Wenner. NETS team mascot Sly entertained students during the celebration.
Refurbished in conjunction with Out2Play, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to building and refurbishing playgrounds throughout the New York City public school system, the schoolyard has been fitted with fully ramped, accessible play equipment, a basketball court, a drop shot, chess tables and benches, a track, a stage, a handball court, pavement games like hopscotch, 4-square, and alphabet and number grids, tennis courts, a multi-purpose field, and trees.
In 2007 the NETS, Forest City Ratner Companies, and Barclays PLC formed the Barclays Nets Community Alliance that invests $1 million per year in local non-profits with the goal of improving the lives of young people in the borough through sports and other activities, including education and health care.
With the new outdoor space at P.S. 9, the Barclays Nets Community Alliance has sponsored 26 playground projects, including 11 in 2011, and is the largest private sponsor of Out2Play’s projects. Out2Play has completed a total of 155 playgrounds at public schools throughout the City.
“Bravo once again to the Barclays Nets Community Alliance and Out2Play for placing such a high priority on creating playgrounds for our children so they can be safe, exercise and have fun with their friends,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. “I was proud to support the refurbished P.S. 9 playground—and with a full basketball court, our aspiring hoop stars can even shoot some baskets while dreaming of one day playing for the Brooklyn Nets just a few blocks away at the Barclays Center. The team has yet to play a game in Brooklyn, but already its full-court press commitment to our Brooklyn kids is resulting in a ‘Net’ positive.”
"We hope this refurbished playground will bring much enjoyment to the students at P.S.9,” said Michael O'Looney, Head of Corporate Communications, Americas, at Barclays Capital. “The Barclays Nets Community Alliance, in partnership with Out2Play, is helping to enrich the lives of the Brooklyn Community and foster youth development.”
“We are thrilled to help provide this spectacular playground for the kids of P.S. 9 in Prospect Heights,” said NETS CEO Brett Yormark. “We appreciate working with Out2Play to continue to bring modern and safe play spaces to benefit children of Brooklyn and surrounding communities. The NETS are excited about becoming Brooklyn’s home team in 2012 and we are committed to being an active part of the community.”
“We are grateful to the Barclays Nets Community Alliance and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz in generously giving P.S. 9 students a newly renovated schoolyard,” P.S. 9 Principal Sandra D’Avilar said. “Our students have been afforded the opportunity to have fun, be physically fit, and to have more energy to learn.”
“This project brings Out2Play one step closer to fulfilling its mission of a playground for every New York City public elementary school that needs one,” Andrea Wenner, Founder and Executive Director for Out2Play, Inc., said. “We have come this far, in large part, because of the continued support of partners like Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz, and the Barclays Nets Community Alliance. Without their funding, these projects do not get built and all of these children here today do not have the chance to gain the important developmental benefits that these playgrounds provide. “
Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in retail banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 145,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.
For further information about Barclays, please visit our website www.barclays.com.
About NETS Basketball
A member team of the National Basketball Association, the NETS are scheduled to relocate to the Barclays Center, a world-class sports and entertainment venue in Brooklyn, for the start of the 2012-13 NBA season. For more information, please visit www.njnets.com.
About Forest City Ratner Companies
FCRC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises, Inc., owns and operates 32 properties in the New York metropolitan area. Forest City Enterprises, Inc., is an $11.5 billion NYSE-listed national real estate company. The Company is principally engaged in the ownership, development, management and acquisition of commercial and residential real estate and land throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.forestcity.net.
About Out 2 Play
Out2Play, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to building and refurbishing playgrounds throughout the New York City public school system. With more than half of New York City elementary schools lacking playground access, Out2Play is implementing a large-scale, city-wide program to give New York City school children this much needed resource. The program enhances the quality of life of these children and provides them with both health benefits and educational opportunities.