**NY Knicks and Liberty Legends Attended the Festivities**
Roosevelt, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and County Legislator Michael Venditto joined Tuesday with several New York Knicks and Liberty Legends Alums at the official ribbon cutting ceremony of two new basketball courts at Nassau County’s Rev. Arthur Mackey Sr. Park in Roosevelt. The project was also sponsored by Nassau County Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams.
The Basketball players – John Starks, John Wallace, Charles Smith and Teresa Weatherspoon– joined the officials for the ceremony.
The park received a complete upgrade thanks to the corporate generosity of Chase and the New York Knicks. Improvements totaling $25,000 included court resurfacing, new backboards and new padding to all the poles.
In addition to the ribbon cutting the New York Knickerbockers and Chase will host a free basketball clinic for 100 boys and girls. Team members will instruct the boys and girls, ranging from 10-15 years old, in various shooting, passing, rebounding and ball handling drills. They will also lead a discussion on the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle including nutrition, hard work, good sportsmanship and positive esteem. There will be shooting contests with free prizes and giveaways for the participants.
Rev. Arthur Mackey Sr. Park is located by the Roosevelt Preserve and incorporates a lake along with numerous recreational activities. These include: two tennis courts; two handball/paddleball courts; two full basketball courts and four half-courts; a baseball field, a three-mile nature trail, two picnic areas, and a new, large playground.