NETS Basketball Celebrates Black History Month
Presented by Amtrak, in association with McDonald's
February 8, 2011
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—NETS Basketball is celebrating Black History Month presented by Amtrak, in association with McDonald's, with several initiatives throughout February.
The NETS and Amtrak tipped off the program with a t-shirt design contest, in which local high school students were asked to create a design that reflected past, present, and future contributions of African-Americans to the railroad system. The top design, as chosen by NETS players and Amtrak representatives, is featured on t-shirts given to select fans at every home game during February.
All of the designs will be on display at the Prudential Center concourse before the NETS host the Phoenix Suns on Monday, February 28. The young artists will also be honored on court during halftime activities.
During February, www.njnets.com is featuring bios for each of the Black History Month Hometown Heroes. The NETS is honoring "Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things" throughout the month.
"We are delighted to partner once again with the NETS, to honor the legacy of African-Americans who played a vital role in the development of passenger railroad in the United States," said Lorraine Green, Amtrak's Vice President of Human Resources and Diversity Initiatives. "Through this partnership, we continue our combined commitment to educate both young and old about African-Americans in railroad history."
"Black History Month is a special month for me and my family because it celebrates significant achievements of African-Americans who have made our country a better place," NETS Head Coach Avery Johnson said. "The sacrifices that African-Americans have made to our country, both known and behind the scenes, should not be forgotten. While we celebrate Black History Month during one month of the year, we must remember the lives of those African-Americans daily by the way we give, live and love one another."
"We are proud to celebrate Black History Month by giving young people an opportunity to reflect on African-American history and achievement," NETS guard Devin Harris said.
As the nation's intercity passenger rail operator, Amtrak connects America in safer, greener and healthier ways. Last fiscal year (FY 2010), the railroad carried over 28.7 million passengers, making it the best year in the company's history. With 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day—at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph)—to more than 500 destinations. Amtrak also is the partner of choice for state-supported corridor services in 15 states and for several commuter rail agencies. Visit Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and more information.