Garden of Dreams Foundation Presents Hero Award to Michael Roberts of The Children’Aid Society

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Heroes are often thought of as mythical creatures, those who are endowed with supernatural powers who nobly fight against all odds for the safety and betterment of the world.

On Tuesday, April 6, 2010, Madison Square Garden and the Garden of Dreams Foundation honored a real life hero, Mr. Michael Roberts, Assistant Division Director/Adolescent Services of City & Country Branches.  Though he hasn’t fought dragons or vindictive villains, Mr. Roberts, in his own way has a lifetime of experience in fighting for the safety and progression of those whom he has served throughout his career.  His passion and lifelong dedication to children, youth, and families is an inspiration and embodies the courage and nobleness ascribed to real heroes that we revere.

Standing at half court, flanked by MSG officials and two proud protégés, and surrounded by friends, family, and thousands of fans, Mr. Roberts was the second person in all of MSG history to be presented with this prestigious and exceptional honor—the Garden of Dreams Hero Award.  The stadium erupted in cheers and applause as Mr. Roberts’ graciously accepted this well deserved award that celebrates his work in the field of youth development.  The ensuing evening proved to be just as spectacular.  New Yorkers were proud of the victorious 104-101 Knicks win over the Boston Celtics, but none were prouder than the staff, youth, and families of The Children’s Aid Society on behalf of Mr. Roberts.  Congratulations, Michael Roberts!  You deserve it!