Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) has announced a partnership with the Long Island Nets for the 2023-2024 season.
Beginning this month, the NBA G League affiliate will embark on a three-month commitment to provide monthly career mentoring to two local high school students enrolled in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island’s Rise Up program, according to an organization statement.
During the next three months, the two students will participate in hands-on learning opportunities with the Long Island Nets, including shadowing and assisting employees at various home games, as well as learning about different career opportunities in sports by building professional relationships with industry executives.
“I am thrilled about the powerful collaboration between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island and the Long Island Nets,” Mark Cox, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, said in the statement. “The commitment from the Long Island Nets to provide career mentoring aligns perfectly with our mission, and I’m excited to witness the positive impact it will have on our young mentees.”
The partnership is the latest in a series of recent community events the two organizations have collaborated on together. In October, Dale the Eagle, the official mascot of the Long Island Nets, made a special appearance at the BBBSLI’s Halloween-themed Spooktacular event, and in December, the Long Island Nets surprised eight local BBBSLI families with a holiday shopping spree at the Levittown Target as part of their annual Season of Giving campaign.
“We are excited to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island,” Morgan Taylor, vice president of Business Operations at the Long Island Nets, said in the statement. “As a former BBBSLI youth mentor and a local Long Island native, I have seen the impact of the organization first-hand and I’m thrilled to help to provide a positive experience for the next generation of scholars through the lens of business and basketball operations.”