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barclays center cares reveals renovations to nicholas naquan heyward jr. park

The courts were funded and renovated by Barclays Center Cares and the Brooklyn Nets Foundation for $324,000. Originally named the Gowanus Houses Playground, in 2001 it was renamed for Nicholas Naquan Heyward Jr. (1981-1994), a local resident who was fatally shot by a New York City Housing Authority police officer in the nearby housing complex. Nicholas regularly practiced basketball in this park and made his school’s basketball team just days before his death.

about barclays center cares

Barclays Center Cares connects all of the community efforts for the franchises affiliated with Barclays Center: the Brooklyn Nets, New York Islanders, Brooklyn Boxing, Brooklyn Hoops, Brooklyn Family and Brooklyn Show. Our mission is to develop sustainable community programs to improve the lives of kids and families in the areas of culinary arts, sports, sustainability and music education.

Barclays Center Cares supports more than 300 schools, food pantries, homeless shelters, health facilities and non-profit organizations. Every dollar that is donated to Barclays Center Cares goes directly to support programs helping New Yorkers in need.

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