Junior Knicks Take to The Garden
Dec 30, 2008 | 8832 views | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Friday, December 26, 2009, during halftime of the New York Knicks against the Minnesota Timberwolves the LIC YMCA team (representing over 200 kids playing in the Junior Knicks program at Long Island City YMCA) played the Cross Island YMCA Beacon team (representing over 500 players playing there).

On this night the two teams were treated by the host Knicks to a meal at the Play by Play restaurant, floor seats to the pre-game shoot around, an opportunity to meet Knick legend Cal Ramsey and current Knick player Jared Jeffries and most exciting of all the opportunity of a young lifetime to play on The Garden floor.

The result of the game? 18 winners! Even though the final score favored Long Island City the players from both had an unforgettable experience. Most only dream of being able to play on the Garden floor but these eighteen players between the ages of 8 and 11 were able to live that dream. Some of the players were mesmerized by such a big basketball court and all the fans, some took it all in stride and one said that the pre-game food was the best part. Many of the players’ parents were on hand to witness this big moment in their children’s lives and were thankful that their children were offered the opportunity to participate.

Each year the Junior Knicks Program serves almost 8000 players city wide in a partnership between the YMCA of Greater New York and the New York Knicks with the sponsorship of Sprite and Foot Locker. The program emphasizes learning the game of basketball, developing athletic and social skills while practicing the YMCA's core values of respect, responsibility, honesty and caring. In addition, there are hundreds of volunteers throughout the city that make the program possible. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer contact your local YMCA. To volunteer your time or enroll your child in Youth Sports Programs at LIC YMCA please contact Thomas Sylvester at 718-392-7932 x239 or by email at tsylvester@ymcanyc.org.

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