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Sabrina Ionescu joins Nike in gift of 15,000 Air Zooms to frontline workers

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Sabrina Ionescu, the New York Liberty’s overall No. 1 draft pick, becomes the latest member of the Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE) family to donate needed equipment, gear and food to New York.

Ionescu has teamed with NIKE to send 15,000 Air Zoom Pulse shoes to New York health care workers...

It’s part of a donation of 32,500 pairs of the sneakers — originally designed for health care workers— that’s being sent to hospitals and other facilities throughout the U.S. and Europe. In November 2019, the Air Zoom Pulse was unveiled as Nike’s first shoe designed for “the health care athlete, an everyday hero.”

Ionescu, the NCAA women’s basketball player of the year, hasn’t gotten to the city yet and has only visited New York twice, including once to her new home, Barclays Center, as a high school All-Star.

In addition to the Liberty, BSE Global’s principals Joe and Clara Wu Tsai have donated thousands of ventilators, millions of pieces of protective personal equipment and hundreds of thousands of medical goggles to health care facilities in New York, New Jersey, California and Michigan. BSE Global also arranged for a gift of 10,000 pounds of Barclays Center food to New York food banks.

Kyrie Irving has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to food banks while he and DeAndre Jordan have arranged for the donation of more than one million Beyond Burgers to those in need.

Also, Dzanan Musa has supplied computers and other operational support to a local hospital in his hometown of Bihac in Bosnia to assist doctors during the pandemic.

Sean Marks has said other players have helped anonymously.

BSE Global owns the Liberty, the Brooklyn and Long Island Nets, the Nets Gaming Crew as well as Barclays Center and the HSS Training Center.