This year, the NBA All-Star Game is coming to Madison Square Garden. To celebrate, the New York Knicks, the New York Liberty, and the NBA are working all over the world’s best basketball city to support the next generation of hoopsters. Yesterday, they landed at the Milbank Center in Harlem.
The headliners of the event were New York Knicks past and present. From the current squad, Tim Hardaway, Jr., Cleanthony Early, and Shane Larkin helped rev up nearly two hundred children. Cal Ramsey had the honor of serving double duty—a former Knick who has long served as a trustee on the Children’s Aid board. Finally, the children were honored to meet two Hall of Fame players: Earl “the Pearl” Monroe and Bernard King.
This illustrious group, joined by Children’s Aid staff—including Drema Brown, Vito Interrante, and Casper Lassiter—unveiled a newly resurfaced outdoor basketball court. Dozens of employees from Madison Square Garden and the Knicks had been working on the court surrounding bleachers the entire day, with the paint drying just in time. Many thanks to the Garden of Dreams and Chase Bank for funding that project.
The day was part of the NBA Cares program, and it’s clear that it’s more than just about basketball. Every child left Milbank with a brand-new backpack stuffed with school supplies—donated by the staff at Madison Square Garden as well as Knicks fans. There were a lot of smiles walking out of that gym.
Many thanks to Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks, the NBA, and everyone who made the day possible.