Posted: Oct. 26, 2011

The Phoenix Suns will embark on a unique community outreach initiative when the team launches “Operation Orange Nets” on Wednesday, November 2. The campaign will aim to hang 1,968 orange basketball nets at schools, parks and recreational centers throughout the Valley, in honor of the Suns’ inaugural year as a franchise, 1968. The program is a natural extension of the club’s ongoing efforts to promote active and healthy lifestyles.

The organization-wide initiative will tip off with an event at Excelencia School in Phoenix on Wednesday, November 2 at 9 a.m. The program will feature Suns head coach Alvin Gentry, Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver, Suns President Brad Casper, an educational fitness skit “Get Fit” by The Gorilla, and the hanging of new orange nets on each of the school’s eight outdoor basketball hoops.

Following the event at Excelencia, Suns employees and entertainers will visit various destinations throughout the Valley, hanging orange nets at pre-determined locations in neighboring communities.

“The Suns organization has always made it a priority to connect with our community through initiatives such as “Operation Orange Nets”,” said Suns President and CEO, Brad Casper. “Off-the-court outreach continues to be a vital component of our efforts to have a positive and lasting impact across the Valley.”

Suns fans who are interested in receiving their own orange net can log on to beginning November 2, for their chance to win. A total of 300 nets will be distributed to randomly selected winners via the team’s award-winning website, as well as through Suns social media channels.

Though the Suns will miss their 2011-12 Home Opener on November 2, the team’s commitment to fans and the community remains the top priority.

“Operation Orange Nets” is the latest component of the Suns’ ongoing community outreach program, “Operation Orange.” Over the last five months, the Suns have offered fans the opportunity to connect, play and celebrate with the franchise and the community through family-friendly events, activities and charitable causes. Fans are encouraged to log onto for “Operation Orange” updates and events throughout the Valley.