Liberty In The Community
|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 player’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!