Five Things To Look For In July

Welcome to NYLiberty.com's new monthly feature, offering you five things to look forward over the course of the next 31 days.

1. Conference Finals Re-Match
The month will start out with a three-game home stand, tipping off with re-match of last season's Conference Finals on Thursday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m. It will be the lone trip to New York for the defending WNBA Champion Detroit Shock. The last time these two teams met on The Garden floor, it resulted in a 56-60 Game One victory for the Libs. Janel McCarville poured in a team-high 17 points and Shameka Christon pulled down a game-high 11 boards. Score tickets for this rivalry by clicking here , stopping by The Garden Box Office or calling 877-WNBA-TIX.

2. Giving Back 
The Los Angeles Sparks will make their annual journey to the Big Apple for a showdown at The Garden on Thursday, July 9. The game will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. Before the game, the Liberty will be hosting two initiatives that will benefit the local community. Be sure to bring with you new, unwrapped toys for our annual Toy Drive with the Garden of Dreams Foundation. Collection bins will be set up in the mall area leading up to the box office entrance. The first 500 fans to donate toys will receive a commemorative Liberty/Garden of Dreams pen. Also in the mall area, the Liberty and Nike are encouraging fans to donate worn-out athletic shoes for the Nike Re-use A Shoe program. Nike will recycle the old athletic shoes into Nike Grind, a raw material used in sports and playground surfaces and new Nike products. Fans should bring their old sneakers of any brand. Reserve your tickets now for this game and don't forget your toys & sneakers.

3. Looking For Inspiration 
Twelve pioneers of local non-profit organizations that empower women and young girls will be honored before and during the July 23rd match-up against the Sacramento Monarchs for Inspiring Women Night. Join our pre-game reception and networking event in the Club Bar & Grill to meet these inspirational leaders at 6:00 p.m. before taking in the 7:30 p.m. game in arena. WNBA president Donna Orender, Liberty president and general manager Carol Blazejowski will be the evening's guest speakers. Click here to get more information.

4. All-Star Time 
Will the Liberty be representing at the 2009 WNBA All-Star Game at Mohegan Sun on July 25th? We find out this month when the WNBA announces the rosters during the week of July 13th. Voting doesn't end until July 7th, so fill out the ballot online or at the next game. Essence Carson, Loree Moore, Shameka Christon, Cathrine Kraayeveld and Janel McCarville are all seeking their first All-Star appearance.

5. Hoop It Up With The Pro's 
Wrap up the second month of summer with a fun-filled week at the Liberty's annual Summer Camp at Hoop Heaven in Whippany, New Jersey. Learn new skills, meet the players and score game tickets. Sign up now, we'll see you at camp!

Enjoy ...