CAS Students Interview Metta World Peace

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Right before a Knicks vs. Bobcats basketball game last semester, Children’s Aid students Binta Diakite and Terrell Dixon sat down for an exciting interview with Metta World Peace of the New York Knicks. The students were thrilled to speak with the power forward who won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2004, asking him all sorts of questions about basketball and life in the pros. Binta, Terrell and four other Children’s Aid youth were also given the chance to sit in on a production meeting and visited the production truck during the live broadcast of the game. 

This opportunity was part of the “MSG Classroom” program at Madison Square Garden, run by Children’s Aid’s Hope Leadership Academy. Over the course of eight weeks, MSG Classroom students are introduced to the behind-the-scenes world of the television industry and learn first-hand what it takes to put a television show on the air. Students meet with experts in production, editing, directing, camerawork, broadcasting, marketing, public relations and more, exposing themselves to all the various components of the industry.

Participants meet twice a week at The Children's Aid Society to plan and/or debrief, and one day at Madison Square Garden to meet with industry professionals who educate them about the video production business.