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PARKS & RECREATION AND THE BERGEN BEACH YOUTH ORGANIZATION DEDICATE JOHN MALONE COMMUNITY CENTER
Thursday, November 13, 2003
No. 138

PARKS & RECREATION AND THE BERGEN BEACH YOUTH ORGANIZATION DEDICATE JOHN MALONE COMMUNITY CENTER

DATE: Friday, November 14th, 2003

TIME: 12:00 p.m.

LOCATION: John Malone Community Center, Bergen Avenue between Avenue W and Avenue X, Brooklyn

EVENT & PHOTO-OP: State Senator Carl Kruger, Assembly Member Frank Seddio, Former City Council Member Herbert Berman, Council Member Lewis Fidler, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe, members of the Malone family and the Bergen Beach Youth Organization dedicate the John Malone Community Center at McGuire Park.

DETAILS: Parks & Recreation joins the Bergen Beach Youth Organization to dedicate the John Malone Community Center, a facility that services the community of South East Brooklyn. Malone, who passed away in 1991, was a tireless force in the community and instrumental in bringing ballfields to the area. McGuire Park now has numerous recreational opportunities such as a roller hockey rink, tennis courts, basketball courts and ballfields. The Community Center was completed a couple of years ago and the construction was funded by the City Council.

John Malone was born on November 6, 1936 to Mary and Joseph Malone, Sr. in Gravesend, Brooklyn. In 1953, Malone signed with the New York Giants. He participated in their spring training camp but unfortunately sustained injuries that ended his career in baseball. However, he was inspired to create a sports program for the children of Brooklyn. John began efforts to advocate for the youth of the community and with the assistance of elected officials, civic associations and community residents, additional ballfields and a field house were built on vacant land adjacent to McGuire Park. In 1981, John founded the Bergen Beach Youth Organization. Thanks to his leadership, the Bergen Beach Youth Organization continues to serve thousands of youngsters through sports and afterschool programs. The organization also assists the elderly by sponsoring various senior citizen programs.

CONTACT: Megan Sheeekey/Jocelyn Aframe (212) 360-1311

Related Press Release:
PARKS & RECREATION DEDICATES JOHN MALONE CENTER IN BROOKLYN

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