Over Thanksgiving weekend, Sands New York and the Long Island Nets, NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, partnered to host a three-day “Holiday Hoops Experience” at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum this weekend for 75 children from Long Island, as part of the Sands Cares Youth Empowerment Initiative.
Long Island Nets players Patrick Gardner, Terry Roberts, and Kameron Hankerson surprised the participants with a visit during the Sunday clinic.
Participants were between the ages of 8-14 and from Hempstead, Uniondale, East Meadow, Garden City, and other New York metro area communities.
Throughout the three-day event, the group of children was taught basketball fundamentals by clinicians from The Long Island Nets Basketball Academy.
LINBA clinics are designed to build character while developing a strong fundamental understanding of the game, with children developing their basketball skills in shooting, ball handling and passing, in addition to learning sports safety techniques.
Sands established the Sands Cares Youth Empowerment Initiative as part of its global priority on youth education and mentoring. Creating opportunities for today’s youth builds tomorrow’s leaders and supports the company’s overarching goal of helping sustain thriving communities that are great places to live, work and visit.