NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - On Saturday, the Nets tweeted they'll be blessing the borough with free Nets basketballs at community courts every day this week. And we got to witness the celebration at one the teams stops this afternoon.
Day 1 of the Brooklyn Nets basketball giveaway, was a slam dunk success. Dozens of young b-ball players from Project Win Summer Basketball got one heck of a surprise.
It's called the Borough Basketball Drop. Through Friday, August 3, the Nets will make stops at 25 community courts across Brooklyn where they will be giving out a total of 2,000 Nets basketballs.
"Brooklyn is known for its history of street basketball in the summer and we were just trying to figure out how can we be part of that narrative," team official Marcus Minifee said. "We thought [the basketball drop] would be a great way to give back to the community and most importantly to give back to the kids.
As an organization, the Nets have embraced Brooklyn. The community outreach to their borough is of the utmost importance to everyone, including their players.
"It feels good to give back to the community in any way that we can," player Caris LeVert. "We love all the support that we get as well."
LeVert kicked things off at Edmonds Playground in Fort Greene to help make this a surprise even more special. The versatile 23-year-old hit the court to run ball handling, conditioning and shooting drills with the young ballers as part of a free clinic. The kids said that was the best part of the day.
The team will post along on social media where they will be making their drop offs each day. They are hitting parts all across the borough. If these kids weren't already fans, this type of program has changed that.