Long Island Nets mascot Dale the Eagle helps honor Mack Graham (right), executive director of the MLK Community Center of Long Beach. (Photo: Long Island Nets)
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Long Island Nets earns honors for social responsibility

The Long Island Nets, the NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, received the NBA G League Social Responsibility Award for the third consecutive year.

The award recognizes excellence in team business and social responsibility, with the winner chosen by league and team executives, and this year the Nets were awarded for their Black History Month celebrations during the 2021-22 season.

The team, which plays its home games at the Nassau Coliseum, commemorated Black History Month by sharing local resources and amplifying educational opportunities for youth and teen organizations throughout the month of February.

Partnering with the Julius and Joysetta Pearse African American Museum of Nassau County, the Long Island Nets hosted 30 students from the Yes We Can Community Center after-school program for a private tour. The museum, only one of two African-American museums in the Northeast features programming such as themed exhibits that focus on Black historical figures, events, and art.

The team also hosted a virtual panel discussion for students across Long Island as a part of their award-winning Team Up for Unity program, created in 2021 to end racism in high school sports on Long Island.

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