Knicks threes turns into healthy trees
by Andrew Shilling
Apr 16, 2014 | 2005 views | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More than 120 students, volunteers and city officials teamed up with some legendary basketball players to plant 1,500 trees and 200 shrubs in a Sandy-ravaged region of Jamaica Bay Park last week.

Knicks Hall of Famer Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Anthony Mason and Liberty star Kym Hampton joined students from P.S. 161, MillionTreesNYC and employees of Pricewaterhouse Coopers as part of the “Trees for Threes” program.

Pricewaterhouse Coopers promised to donate a tree for every three-pointer that was made during the Knicks’ last 39 home games. And while the team hit 369 three-pointers, the company tripled that number at the planting initiative last week.

“PwC has a long-standing commitment to improving the communities where we live and work,” said managing partner Brendan Dougher. “Trees for Threes is an important part of our environmental and sustainability efforts in New York, and we’re pleased that this year the program is helping to revitalize an area that was so devastated by Superstorm Sandy.”

Jamaica Bay Park is home to over 325 species of birds, 50 species of butterflies, 100 species of fish and a migratory stop for waterfowl.

Parks First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh joined the planting team at the 18,000-acre wetland estuary to support the initiative.

“The Knicks and PwC understand the importance of adding trees to city’s ecosystem and how valuable care and stewardship is to the health of young trees on the streets and in our parks,” Kavanagh said.

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