2013-03-15 / Sports

AND1 Aids St. Francis de Sales Summer Basketball

The AND1 brand will be donating basketball apparel and $5,000 in seed money to help rebuild St. Francis de Sales’ summer basketball program. The Belle Harbor parish’s outdoor basketball courts, which serve over 1,000 participating youngsters from the entire New York area, were destroyed during Super Storm Sandy.

“There are few communities anywhere in the country where basketball is so tightly woven into its fabric than the Rockaways,” said Maurice Levy, Marketing Director for AND1.

“By working together, we can help some very deserving basketball campers and their hard-working families.”

“St. Francis is the backbone of the community in the Rockaways, but it is also the summer basketball home for everyone from Dick McGuire and Julius Erving to Chris Mullin, Mark Jackson and thousands of young people who play on these courts from morning until night every day,” said Terence Mullin, camp director and coach for St. Francis de Sales. “This assist by AND 1…will give us a much needed boost as our kids return to the courts and the youth programs this summer.

“They understand the value of keeping kids active through a sport like basketball, and now we will again have the ability to do that.”

The $5,000 will jumpstart a brand new campaign with a goal to raise $100,000 to fully restore the damaged grounds and basketball courts.

The St. Francis de Sales Summer League annually plays host to over 1,000 young players, ages 5 to 18, as one of New York’s most vibrant Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) programs. Many rising high school and collegiate stars play summer basketball in Rockaway, which has been the summer home to organized basketball for over 70 years.

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