Arbor yay! Nets give trees to Coney kids • Brooklyn Paper

Arbor yay! Nets give trees to Coney kids

New leaf: Former Nets player and current team scout Kerry Kittles gives a tulip tree to 8-year-old Daniella Oligario of PS 188 at a special tree giveaway event.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

The score is tree-to-tree!

Nets vets and the team’s mascot and cheerleaders handed out saplings to Coney Island kids at Neptune Avenue’s PS 188 on April 8.

Fifty families took home 50 trees and met retired players Kerry Kittles and Albert King, along with the Brooklynettes and the BrooklyKnight. Organizers said the arbors will help improve the appearance of the neighborhood, and work toward the Parks Department’s MillionTreesNYC initiative goal of planting one million trees by 2015.

Taking root: Former Nets small forward Albert King gives a tree to Coney Islander Shatiesha Washington.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

“Trees not only beautify our surroundings, they improve the sustainability of the environment,” said Nets director of community relations Jeff Scott.

Making an assist in the giveaway were environmental group the New York Restoration Project and financial firm PwC US — which have teamed up with the Nets to create the “Trees for Threes” project, giving away a free sapling to Brooklynites for every three-pointer scored at the Barclays Center. Scott said the program is a way for Brooklyn’s home team to give back to the borough.

“Trees for Threes was established to create a unique opportunity to transfer the success our players have on the court, back into the community,” said Scott.

Growing tall: Nine-year-old Makayla Mitchell hangs out with the Brooklynettes after picking up her tree on April 8.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.

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