Harrison Barnes and Kent Bazemore Join Green Mob Service Day On April 8
Green Mob Assembles To Beautify And Improve Safety Of San Francisco's Bayview Park
Golden State Warriors swingmen Harrison Barnes and Kent Bazemore showed hard work does not stop when the game ends as they joined a Green Mob at San Francisco's Bayview Park Monday afternoon. Sporting Green Mob T-shirts, sweats and NBA Cares work gloves, the two rookies made their Bay Area community a little more beautiful than before by planting new trees and removing overgrown bushes around the park.
"Our plan today was to beautify the park by enhancing the physical effect of the area while also making it a safe place that people want to come and play," said Harrison Barnes.
As part of NBA Green Week, members of the Golden State Warriors, direct-to-consumer car insurance company Esurance and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks department, got their hands dirty to remove a troubled area of the grounds.
"It was important for us to cut down these shrubs in front of the park for safety reasons," explained Bazemore. "If citizens can't see into the park it's easy for muggings or other bad things to happen in there, so we cut them down and planted some new trees to make the park safer and beautiful."
With a pair of pruning shears, a gardening saw and a little help from their Green Mob partners, Barnes and Bazemore helped to clear the six-foot-tall, quarter mile hedge from the park fence and remove 10 garbage bags of debris left around the area. This job normally would have taken San Francisco Recreation and Parks staff over a week to complete, but with the help of the Green Mob the park was revitalized in three hours.
"This sightline removal is really going to make our park a safer place for citizens to come out and play," said Director of Volunteer Programs for the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department Kimberly Kiefer. "We're happy to have the Esurance and Warriors Green Mob here because we only have seven employees to oversee and care for 150 acres of property, so the help today has made a big difference."
This is the fifth season that Esurance, the official auto and multi-property insurance provider of Golden State Warriors, and the team have partnered to form a Green Mob and fulfill their shared commitment to the community and the environment.
"Esurance is a San Francisco-based company and we're very active and interested in the well-being of the community," said Esurance President and CEO Gary Tolman. "It's great to come together with Warriors players and staff members to clean up the park and beautify the community."
This is the third Green Mob that Esurance and the Golden State Warriors have assembled during the 2012-13 NBA season. On October 26, 2012, Head Coach Mark Jackson and players Stephen Curry, Jarrett Jack, Andris Biedrins and Charles Jenkins took a BART Ride from the Oakland City Center to San Francisco's Embarcadero station, handing out prepaid Clipper Cards and promoting the use of green transportation options. The Green Mob also visited the Cal Academy of Sciences on January 17, 2013, along with students from the Build San Francisco Institute, to meet AECOM architect and Warriors sports and entertainment complex designer Michael Laviano. The group met to discuss the importance of environmentally-conscious architecture and design planning, and options that make this possible.
"The Green Mob and Esurance embody the great spirit and passion for the Bay Area that the Warriors have and aspire to be from a community service perspective," said Warriors President and COO Rick Welts. "We have incredible people like Kent Bazemore and Harrison Barnes working hands on, getting involved with the Green Mob to embrace their community. What's better than that?"
From April 4 - 12, the NBA, its teams and players are participating in NBA Green Week, encouraging fans to be more environmentally friendly and take part in local green week initiatives. For more information on the NBA Green Week, please visit http://www.nba.com/green/mission.html.