Mets bring baseball, more recreational activities to school devastated by Hurricane Sandy

On the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the Mets returned to Staten Island and provided the children of elementary school P.S. 52 in Midland Beach more recreational opportunities with the creation of a baseball diamond, school improvements and the donation of sports equipment.

Mets pitcher Vic Black, Mr. Met, more than 30 Mets employee volunteers, Staten Island Borough President James Oddo and Deputy Borough President Ed Burke participated in today's day of service.

The school was closed for five weeks after the storm when its basement flooded with 17 feet of water. The majority of the schoolyard still houses the school's temporary boiler and the playground is closed because of the risk of sink holes compromising recess opportunities for the children.

"We are very grateful for the generous support of the Mets ownership and entire organization," said Staten Island Borough President James Oddo, a devoted Mets fan. "The Mets have always shown generous support regarding Hurricane relief efforts and their contributions will bring smiles and enjoyment to many children."

Bill Deacon, Mets Director of Field Operations and Landscaping, began the baseball diamond building process with his crew this past Monday, overseeing the layout and painting. The Mets, with the help of Schiano Fence and the cooperation of the Staten Island Parks Department, fabricated and installed a fence to an adjacent playground, providing the students access to six basketball hoops. They also installed a protective fence surrounding newly-planted bushes, plants and trees lost during Hurricane Sandy. The Mets also donated wiffle ball bats and balls, baseballs, and softballs for the students to use during recess and after-school activities. Inside the school, Mets employees refurbished the Family Room, painting, sanding doors and donating folding chairs from the Mets Clubhouse at Shea Stadium. Sherwin Williams donated the baseball field paint and materials while Doody Home Center donated paint and materials for the Family Room.

"The Mets are proud to take part in giving back to a school that was severely devastated by Hurricane Sandy," said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. "We've supported Hurricane efforts in the past and will continue to support efforts in the future that help New Yorkers and rebuild communities that have suffered greatly."

The Mets continue efforts to support New York City as it rebuilds from Hurricane Sandy. Shortly after the storm, Mets players and staff assisted communities in Coney Island, Breezy Point, Far Rockaway, Long Beach and Staten Island. MCU Park served as a city distribution center. Citi Field was used by the Office of Emergency Management as a Logistics Staging area for more than three and a half months to receive, stage and distribute resources following the storm, and provided housing for up to 600 workers a night.

In December 2012, the Mets and David Wright visited P.S. 38 on Staten Island to announce a $250,000 donation to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City to support hurricane restoration efforts. Last year on the one-year anniversary of Sandy, the Mets partnered with Jersey Cares on Sandy Service Day, helping the Boys & Girls Club in Garfield, New Jersey.