SUCCESS, SUPPORT, & CELEBRTIES
On Wednesday, September 12th, the New York Liberty hosted Breast Health Awareness Night presented by Delta at the Prudential Center. New York Liberty players took the court in brand new pink uniforms as an endorsement of the cause and treated the crowd to a 75-62 win over the Washington Mystics. While the team looked for a victory on the court, Delta and the Liberty organization dedicated the night to looking for a victory for breast cancer research.
The New York Liberty teamed up with Delta to host the pink themed Breast Health Awareness night. In addition to Delta presenting the evening and festivities, they also provided pink Powerbands to the first 5,000 fans arriving at Prudential Center. The event was a success as Liberty staff, players, fans, Delta employees, and a collection of big names came out to support the event. Former NBA players and Knicks legends, John Starks and Larry Johnson attended wearing pink shirts and pink socks. Current Knicks players came out, too, with Iman Shumpert and Raymond Felton sitting courtside. Also sitting sideline was former WNBA President, Val Ackerman. Rutgers University women’s basketball head coach C. Vivian Stringer sat courtside with RU assistant coach and former WNBA player Chelsea Newton cheering on four of her former Rutgers athletes playing on the court that night.
In an effort to raise money for a cure, the Liberty provided fans the opportunity to bid on various experiences and signed memorabilia during a live auction at halftime. The New York Liberty raised $10,092 with all proceeds benefitting Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
In a sea of deep pink shirts, Delta employees who were either breast cancer survivors themselves, have lost relatives to breast cancer, or simply just passionate about the cause brought their enthusiasm as they flocked to the game and interacted with members of the Liberty and Knicks organization. It was a festive night of photo opportunities with celebrities, live auctions, increasing awareness and the Liberty pumping out the win.
The New York Liberty are making an aggressive end-season run for a playoff berth and are now one step closer after defeating the Washington Mystics last night, 75-62. WNBA All star Cappie Pondexter continued to lead New York with and all-around game of 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. Nicole Powell showed her shooting prowess going 3-4 from behind the arc and scoring 15 points to go along with 4 assists. Kia Vaughn had a dominant game inside the paint recording a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win. New York limited Mystics star Crystal Langhorne to only 8 field goal attempts and 9 points while outrebounding Washington 33-24.