Liberty In The Community
Liberty Players "Show Kids New York"|
On Tuesday, June 18 The New York Liberty and thirty-five children from the Garden of Dreams Foundation partner organization, Life Center, visited the Brooklyn Children's Museum as part of "Show Kids New York". Five members of the 2013 Liberty squad - Kelsey Bone, Alex Montgomery, Katie Smith, Kamiko Williams and Toni Young accompanied the children on an interactive tour throughout the museum while exploring several exhibits and learning about different natural habitats. "Having the opportunity to work with the Garden of Dreams and the Brooklyn Children's Museum was a great experience," said Bone. "To see the kids' eagerness to learn and interact with the animals without fear was a true sight to see."Smith added, "It was great to spend time with the kids at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. We saw animals, painted pictures and explored!"The group had a chance to interact with the "Touch Tank," which featured snails, sea urchins, starfish, horseshoe crabs and much more underwater wildlife. The children also had the opportunity to observe Fantasia, a 20-foot long python, and take part in an educational project about snakes and horseshoe crabs.
"It was great being able to put a smile on the kids' faces," said Young. "I'm happy that I got the chance to help make it about them."
New York Liberty Celebrate "Dream Night" in June|
On Friday, June 14th, the Garden of Dreams Foundation held its second “Dream Night” of the season and hosted a group of wonderful children and their families from the Starlight Foundation at the New York Liberty vs. Connecticut Sun game. The evening started off at pre-game with the group sitting on the New York Liberty players’ bench to watch the team warm-up. Many of the players, such as Kara Braxton, Kamiko Williams, Plenette Pierson and Cappie Pondexter came over to chat, sign autographs and take pictures with our enthused kids. As warm-ups came to an end, the children were delighted to find out that they had been offered the opportunity to participate in the Ball Ceremony. All of our children were placed in New York Liberty t-shirts, and in front of the entire crowd, stood on the court during the National Anthem. Then, they were each given a basketball by a current New York Liberty player! The VIP treatment only continued as they went to their center court seats and watched the thrilling New York Liberty victory.
|Garden of Dreams “Dream Nights” Kicks Off On Opening Night | PHOTO GALLERY|
The Garden of Dreams Foundation brought a special group of girls from their partner organization, Children’s Aid Society to enjoy the NY Liberty home opener against Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 31st for this season’s first “Dream Night”. While sitting courtside for the Liberty warm-ups, these six girls who are all avid basketball players, paid close attention to the professionals and were even able to give high fives and steal a few pictures with the players and coaches.
After warm-ups concluded, the girls took a photograph center court with New York Liberty hats in tow and headed to their seats where the fun only continued. While enjoying the game, the girls were thrilled to spot New York Knicks player, Iman Shumpert sitting courtside! It was an exciting game for these young NY Liberty fans to enjoy, as this one went into overtime, with our home team taking the win.
|The New York Liberty Celebrate WNBA Cares Week|
On Wednesday May 22, 2013 the NY Liberty players took part in the 2013 WNBA Cares Season Launch Clinic.
The clinic took place at Garden of Dreams partner location, WHEDco in the Bronx. 110 kids ages 9-14 participated in the 2 hour clinic, learning basketball fundamentals such as shooting, ballhandling, passing and defense.
They were also taught the importance of hard work, living a healthy lifestyle and the working out to stay in shape year round like the Liberty players.
At the end of the clinic, all the kids received Garden of Dreams and Liberty giftbags and snacks for their hardwork!
|New York Liberty and Garden of Dreams Foundation Celebrate "Dream Week" | PHOTO GALLERY|
On Tuesday, August 14th, the Liberty teamed up with The Garden of Dreams Foundation to celebrate Dream Week. Forty children from Garden of Dreams were welcomed to the Liberty Training Facility by Liberty Legend Kym Hampton as they were getting off the bus. The first surprised occurred in the Liberty Lounge where the children were personally introduced to the entire team, Liberty coaching staff as well as Liberty Mascot Maddie. Next, the Liberty Players led groups through their practice facility; they toured the Liberty playerâ€™s lounge, classroom, weight room, training room and locker room. During the locker room visit, each child was surprised with their very own personalized Liberty jersey.
After the tour, "Liberty Dream Day" continued as the children got the ultimate thrill of being introduced by name like the Players themselves at the start of every game, high fiving Liberty Players and Maddie. The children then participated in a basketball instructional clinic in which the Liberty players were able to work 1-on-1 with kids to help them develop their basketball skills. To complete the day, the Liberty joined the children center court for and exclusive team photo and autograph session.
|Garden of Dreams Host a "Dream Day" at Prudential Center |
On Friday, July 13, twenty children from SCO Family of Services, a Garden of Dreams Foundation partner organization, returned from the Liberty's Green Week event to participate in the New York Liberty's "Dream Day." The children were welcomed to the Prudential Center to kick-off the early morning with a "Dream Day" experience at the game, beginning with a group photo at center court! Each child sat courtside with Maddie as they received New York Liberty and Garden of Dreams gift bags. The children interacted with the furry mascot and watched her dance and hype up the crowd for the Liberty, who hosted the Washington Mystics.
Earlier in the season, Liberty forward Plenette Pierson spent time with this select group at Brooklyn Children's Museum to celebrate Green Week, and joined her new friends courtside to welcome them to the game. After spending time with Plenette, the children were escorted to their seats alongside the other children participating in Camp Day!
Thunder sticks waved wildly as the children cheered on the Liberty as they took an early lead. The afternoon continued with smiles, chicken fingers and french-fries!
|New York Liberty Day #1 presented by Chase |
On Tuesday, June 26th the New York Liberty held a basketball Clinic presented by Chase in honor of Title IX's 40th Anniversary. The clinic, which was held at the New York Liberty practice facility welcomed 60 girls ages 9-16 from the Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Westchester areas a unique experience to interact one on one with current and former Liberty Players. Cappie Pondexter, Leilani Mitchell, Kelly Miller, Nicole Powell, Kia Vaughn, DeMya Walker and Liberty Legend Kym Hampton were all on hand to teach the young girls basketball skills as well as the importance of how Title IX has impacted their lives on and off the court.
You can check out highlights of the clinic HERE
|New York Liberty and Garden of Dreams Celebrate "Green Week" | PHOTO GALLERY|
On Tuesday, June 26, twenty-five children from Garden of Dreams partner organization, SCO Family of Services, enjoyed an afternoon at the Brooklyn Children's Museum with five current New York Liberty players. To celebrate the WNBA's Green Week, Liberty players Kelley Cain, Essence Carson, Kara Braxton, Alex Montgomery and Plenette Pierson accompanied the children on an interactive tour through the Solar Energy Exhibit at New York City's first ever green museum. Following the tour, the kids had time to explore the exhibit and experiment with the museum's solar energy activities. Players and children worked together to make the equipment run and create their own solar energy! The afternoon ended with a pizza dinner with the players, a gift bag for each child and a group photo. Sporting their Liberty hats, the group left as solar energy experts and ready to cheer on their new friends as the New York Liberty hits the court throughout the summer.
|Liberty Players Visit Children's Hospital |
On Thursday, May 31, New York Liberty players, Plenette Pierson and Alex Montgomery took time out of their busy schedule to pay a special visit to the children at Garden of Dreams partner hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey. Plenette and Alex visited pediatric patients throughout the hospital and the emergency room to talk with each child about their hobbies, aspirations and the Liberty season. A huge smile beamed from each child's face when they received a special New York Liberty and Garden of Dreams gift bag as well as the opportunity to take a photo with the Liberty players. Plenette and Alex made new friends and many laughs were exchanged as they made countless bedside visits at The Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center.
|"Dream Night at Prudential Center" |
Tuesday, June 5, Garden of Dreams and the New York Liberty hosted children from Foundation partner organization SCO Family Services for a "Dream Night' experience at the Prudential Center as the Liberty took on the Atlanta Dream. Upon arrival, the group was escorted into the Prudential Center and seated courtside to watch the Liberty's private, pre-game shoot around. During pre-game, each child received a Garden of Dreams and Liberty gift bag and a meet and greet with Liberty guard Leilani Mitchell and Liberty guard/forward Alex Montgomery. Before heading to their seats to cheer on the Liberty, the children took a photo center court and were treated to game day chicken fingers and french fries!