Black Fives Foundation Teams with Brooklyn Nets for ‘Basketball Pioneers’ Series of School Educational Programs

Initiative Reaches Brooklyn Schools with Portable Graphic Panel Version of Foundation’s Acclaimed Museum Exhibition, Through Team’s ‘Brooklyn Nets Assist’ Community Relations Effort

GREENWICH, CT, February 10, 2015 – Using the occasion of this date, which in 2013 the Mayor’s Office declared as “Black Fives Day” for the City of New York, the Black Fives Foundation announces today that it has teamed up with the Brooklyn Nets to conduct a series of local school educational presentations about the historically important contributions of the borough’s early African American basketball pioneers.

The initiative, conducted as part of Brooklyn Nets Assist, a commitment by the team toward giving back and bettering the lives of youth and adults in its surrounding communities, is called ‘Basketball Pioneers.’ It brings the Black Fives Foundation to Brooklyn schools for history presentations accompanied by a custom-manufactured graphic-panel display that is a portable version of the organization’s acclaimed museum exhibition.

Black Fives Foundation portable graphic display panel display for school presentations

The portable graphic panel display includes some of the same vintage images of Brooklyn-related African American basketball teams that are installed as murals in the Barclays Center concourse.

The two-panel 8-foot by 4-foot display includes images of Brooklyn-related African American basketball pioneers – some of the same ones installed as murals at the Barclays Center – and of artifacts from the foundation’s historical archive. There will also be a show & tell discussion with actual vintage items as well as a gymnasium-based activity and giveaways for participants.

“We are very excited about our partnership with the Brooklyn Nets and Brooklyn Nets Assist because our mission and this new school program align with all four of their pillars of engagement,” says Claude Johnson, founder and executive director of the Black Fives Foundation.

The first school visits will begin later this month.

About Brooklyn Nets Assist

Brooklyn Nets Assist presented by Baked in Brooklyn, is committed to giving back and bettering the lives of those in the surrounding communities. We strive to positively impact the community’s youth and adults through various initiatives and programs focusing on the following four pillars: Education, Athletics, Health & Wellness and Community Development.

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About the Black Fives Foundation

The Black Fives Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity that works to research, preserve, exhibit, and promote the pre-1950 history of African Americans in basketball to engage, teach, and inspire youth while honoring its pioneers and their descendants. It also maintains an acclaimed historical archive and a unique portfolio of intellectual property.

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Claude Johnson
The Black Fives Foundation

Barry Baum
Brooklyn Nets