Madison Square Club Launches Updated Nets Gymnasium
After two months of renovation, Fort Greene’s Madison Square Boys and Girls Club revealed a wholly updated gymnasium in the style of the Brooklyn Nets. The project was funded together by the Brooklyn Nets and Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center.
Included in the new additions to the Clubhouse, situated in the Navy Yard, were a new scoreboard, custom-made bleachers, and new padding for the walls.
“Yormark was looking for a place to work with,” Shawonda Swain, unit director of the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club said. “They thought we were a good match.”
The gym now closely resembles the actual practice court that the Nets use at their arena. It has the team’s logos and black/white theme.
“Basketball has always been a big part of my life, so I’m delighted to dedicate this beautiful new gym to the kids of the Navy Yard Clubhouse at the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club,” Yormark said. “It’s particularly meaningful to me to reinvest in the young people of Brooklyn and provide them with a positive environment. I hope that when they see the ‘B’ in the Brooklyn Nets logo on the court, they will be inspired to play hard and be a great teammate, as our players do every night.”
The executive director of the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, Joseph Patuleia said that the renovations will “prove instrumental in empowering the community’s most at-risk youth to live a healthy lifestyle through commitment to physical fitness, and will encourage teamwork and cooperative learning through activities that will occur in our state-of-the-art gymnasium.”
The renovations at the Club represent the first completed project of the Yormark Family Foundation.