Nets renovate the fitness room at the Red Hook Community Center

The new fitness room at the Miccio Community Center in Red Hook, showing free weights, fitness equipment and medicine balls. Photo courtesy of BSE Global

The Brooklyn Nets have unveiled their 75th anniversary NBA legacy project – renovating and reopening the fitness facility at the Joseph Miccio Community Center, operated by Good Shepherd Services in Red Hook.

To commemorate the NBA’s 75th anniversary, teams across the league worked hard to renovate spaces in their communities. The Miccio Community Center serves families in NYCHA Red Hook homes with programs throughout the year, providing a safe space for young people to learn and play.

The center’s fitness room was damaged during Hurricane Ida in 2021, rendering the space unusable so far, and as part of this renovation, the Nets provided treadmills, a cycle machine, weights and racks, benches and other multifunctional equipment, as well as the installation of three murals in the space.

The Nets have a longstanding relationship with the Miccio Community Center — dating back to when the team moved to Brooklyn in 2012 — and one of the key ways the two organizations align is through a shared commitment to service. the community.

“We have identified Miccio Community Center as our 75th anniversary legacy project because we have seen their impactful work firsthand and seen the tremendous need for support,” said Mandy Gutmann, executive vice president of relationships. community and communications at BSE Global, parent company of the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center.

“We saw the damage caused by Hurricane Ida and knew we had to help. Miccio’s work is vital to Red Hook and we are proud to join our amazing community partners who have all helped bring our vision to life,” she added.

Roland Knight, Senior Director of Programs at the Joseph Miccio Community Center, cuts the ribbon for the new fitness facility at the Joseph Miccio Community Center in Red Hook. Among those accompanying him are Mandy Gutmann of BSE Global (left), former Nets great Albert King (second from left) and Michelle Yanche of Good Shepherd Services (second from right). Photo courtesy of BSE Global

“I am so grateful to the Brooklyn Nets for making the fitness facility renovation possible for our young NYCHA attendees,” said Michelle Yanche, Executive Director of Good Shepherd Services. “Le Miccio offers young people a safe space to learn and play. The renovated fitness facility will create new programming opportunities for our youth and the community, and we are all thrilled with the impact this will have on all of our program participants.

“Renovating our space in this way is not only a great privilege and honor, but also a great opportunity to serve our youth,” said Roland Knight, Senior Director of Programs at the Joseph Miccio Community Center. Knight also talked about other programs

The renovated fitness facility at the Joseph Miccio Community Center officially opened on Wednesday, May 4 following a ribbon-cutting ceremony with board member Alexa Aviles, Gutmann, Yanche, Knight, Nets legend Albert King and students involved in various community center programs.

King played at Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn, where he became one of the nation’s greatest basketball players. He went on to the University of Maryland, where he was eventually named as one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 50 Greatest Players of All Time. He played for the Nets, then New Jersey, from 1981-87, and in 1982-83 averaged 17 points per game.

Good Shepherd Services operates more than 80 programs, which help nearly 30,000 young people and their family members in troubled neighborhoods in New York City. Its mission is to create opportunities that help our participants succeed in school, at home and in their community.

Jill E. Washington