AURORA, Colo., Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Bona US, the world leader in hardwood floor care and maintenance since 1919, announced the completion of a gym floor refinishing project at Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine's Portland Clubhouse in conjunction with the NBA Development League's Maine Red Claws. The project will be one of many community donations Bona will complete over the next few years in partnership with NBA D-League Cares as part of its designation as an Official Hardwood Floor Care Partner of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and NBA D-League.
"Many NBA teams are using Bona products so it just makes sense to bring these same safe, durable surfaces to gyms across the country," said Chad Nordhagen, Director of Marketing, Bona US. "We are thrilled to be part of NBA D-League Cares and to be able to use Bona products to create better, safer playing surfaces for Boys & Girls Clubs in Portland."
For the recent refinishing project in Portland, home of the Red Claws, Bona refinished the gym floor for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine with Bona's waterborne Sportive Finish and Sportive Paint. This line of hardwood floor finish and paint is GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified, one of the most stringent, third-party validations for low chemical emissions to improve the quality of the air in which the products are used.
"The Maine Red Claws were thrilled when NBA D-League Cares approached us with this wonderful opportunity from Bona," said Maine Red Claws Vice President of Public and Community Relations Jana Spaulding. "The Red Claws have a long partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, and we can't wait to see the kids out on the new court and getting our players out there with them."
Bob Clark, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs said, "Our partnership with the Maine Red Claws continues to be a major asset for our Club members, particularly as we strive to enhance our priority outcome of healthy lifestyles. The refinishing of this gym floor supports a wide range of athletic activities and programs for our thousands of Club members."
NBA D-League Cares is the league's social responsibility program that builds on the NBA D-League's tradition of addressing important social issues. NBA D-League Cares works with locally and nationally recognized partners that support education, youth and family development, and health and wellness including: American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity.
"Our mission at NBA D-League Cares is to enrich the lives of the people who live and work in the communities where our teams play," said Daniel Reed, President, NBA Development League. "Working together with Bona to assist the Boys & Girls Club in Portland is just one example of how we team with our partners to make a difference in communities across the nation."
Proven to be the most durable and beautiful finishes in the industry, Bona waterborne finishes are GREENGUARD certified for indoor air quality by the third party, GREENGUARD Environmental Institute. GREENGUARD is a non-profit, third party organization that tests indoor products for their environmental impact in an effort to improve the air quality consumers breathe. Bona is the first in its industry to carry a full system of hardwood floor finishing and floor care products certified for indoor air quality.
About the NBA Development League
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA's official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 27 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league's connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league's 11th season, fans could watch all NBA D-League games on NBA FUTURECAST, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine
Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people, particularly those who need us most, to realize their full potential as responsible, productive and caring citizens. Our Formula for Impact, adapted from our national affiliate Boys & Girls Club of America, include three priority outcomes for programming - academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character & citizenship. We serve more than 2,600 children and teens in Greater Portland and Lewiston/Auburn among five clubhouses in Portland (3), South Portland and Auburn. The membership fee continues to be just $5 a year, available for ages 5-18. FMI, visit www.bgcmaine.org.
About Bona US
Bona US is the North American subsidiary of BonaAB in Malmö, Sweden. Bona US manufactures and distributes floor and home care products. Bona's hardwood floor care systems have been successful in the professional market for 90 years. Consumer products are available in most major retail outlets throughout the U.S. and North America. With certifications like GREEN GUARD, the company has also been recognized for formula innovations that are pH-neutral, biodegradable and non-toxic. For more information, please contact Bona US at (800) 872-5515 or www.MyBonaHome.com.
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