In celebration of Black History Month, the Brooklyn Nets presented three local leaders with the Amtrak Pioneer Award during half-time at its game against the Knicks Friday night.
Alaina Marie Chipman, assistant principal of La Cima Elementary Charter School; Jillian Joseph, executive counsel for GE Capital Real Estate; and Femi Faoye, co-founder and chief executive of D.R.E.A.M. were honored as Brooklyn residents who, through resolve and perseverance, have positively impacted their communities.
"Amtrak moves America where it wants to go and serves the needs of our passengers," said John Lee, vice president of Brand Management and Marketing at Amtrak, who presented the awards. "The Amtrak Pioneer Awards allow us to honor leaders who work in the community and improve the lives of others."
"Black History Month is a time to reflect on the historical contributions of African-Americans, but also a celebration of those currently making an impact in communities all over our country," said Brooklyn Nets Player Jarrett Jack. "It is especially exciting to celebrate this month here in Brooklyn, a place with a rich spirit of inclusion and remarkable diversity."
The Amtrak Pioneer Award is presented in association with McDonalds.