LI Nets have adopted two “littles” who will shadow team executives during the 2023-24 NBA G League season.

In a continuing effort to support Long Island youth, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) has announced a partnership with the Long Island Nets, the NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets for the 2023-24 season.

Beginning in January, the NBA G League affiliate embarked on a three-month commitment to provide monthly career mentoring to two local high school students (“littles”) enrolled in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island’s Rise Up program. During the three-month period, the two students have participated in hands-on learning opportunities with the LI Nets, including shadowing and assisting employees at various home games, as well as learning more about different career opportunities in sports by building professional relationships with industry executives.

“I am thrilled about the powerful collaboration between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island and the Long Island Nets,” said Mark Cox, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island. “The commitment from the Long Island Nets to provide career mentoring aligns perfectly with our mission, and I’m excited to witness the positive impact it will have on our young mentees.”

For over 40 years, BBBSLI has remained steadfast in its dedication to the belief that every child deserves the chance to reach their full potential as individuals and active citizens. The organization’s professionally supported mentoring relationships have positively impacted the lives of numerous young individuals, laying the groundwork for a better and brighter future.

“We are excited to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island,” said Morgan Taylor, Vice President of Business Operations at the Long Island Nets. “As a former BBBSLI youth mentor and a local Long Island native, I have seen the impact of the organization first-hand and I’m thrilled to help to provide a positive experience for the next generation of scholars through the lens of business and basketball operations.”

The partnership is the latest in a series of recent community events the two organizations have collaborated on together. In October, Dale the Eagle, the official mascot of the NBA G League affiliate, make a special appearance surprising children at the BBBSLI’s Halloween-themed Spooktacular event, and in December, the LI Nets surprised eight local BBBSLI families with a holiday shopping spree at the Levittown Target as part of their annual Season of Giving campaign.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI)

BBBSLI has been making a positive difference for over 40 years by providing professionally supported mentoring relationships for children facing adversity. Their mission is to enable life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and promise of youth. For more information, visit

About the Long Island Nets

The Long Island Nets are the NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets. The team started NBA G League play during the 2016-17 season and presently plays its home game at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. The Nets have reached the postseason three times and won one Eastern Conference Championship, reaching the NBA G League Finals in 2019. For more information, please visit and follow @longislandnets on Twitter and Instagram.


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