NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— The Atlantic 10 Conference will celebrate Community Appreciation Night Wednesday at the first round of the 2016 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship at Barclays Center, the fourth year the league will be at the iconic Brooklyn arena.
The A-10 member institutions provided 3,000 tickets to various Brooklyn community groups & organizations. In addition, the conference invited first responders and key area groups and their families to attend the opening night of the 40th Atlantic 10 Championship. This included Brooklyn Borough Hall, FDNY, NYPD, community groups and Brooklyn Merchants Associations.
“It is an honor that the Atlantic 10 has chosen Barclays Center as the place to hold their basketball championship the past four years. Brooklyn is the basketball capital of the world and now we have a first class arena to have these wonderful events,” said Thomas “Ziggy” Sicignano, Director of Brooklyn USA Basketball. “For the A-10 to turn around and help local programs is wonderful. The Atlantic 10 understands the importance of giving back to the community, so we are very appreciative and grateful to the Atlantic 10 for reaching out to us and allowing us to bring our kids to games, who otherwise might not have the opportunity to come to Barclays Center.”
The Atlantic 10 also added local flair to its National Anthem and halftime performances. Shayshahn “Phearnone” MacPherson is a local violinist performing both the National Anthem before the first game and he will be the halftime entertainment of the second game between No. 11 Duquesne and No. 14 La Salle. Brooklyn Technical High School Lady Dragon and Organized Chaos step teams will be the halftime performer for game one between George Mason and Saint Louis.
In addition, the first 2,500 fans will receive a light-up A-10/Brooklyn wristband.