Liberty To Honor Armed Forces at Hoops For Troops Game

Liberty will recognize families from Garden of Dreams partner Wounded Warrior Project

NEW YORK, NY – May 23, 2014 – The New York Liberty and the Garden of Dreams Foundation will honor children and families from veterans service organization Wounded Warrior Project during a special halftime ceremony on Hoops for Troops Night recognizing servicemen and women on Tuesday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m. Wounded Warrior Project is a partner organization of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, which works with all areas of The Madison Square Garden Company to make dreams come true for children facing obstacles.

Liberty legend Kym Hampton will join the families at center court where each armed forces member will receive a commemorative “Challenge Coin” branded with Garden of Dreams, Knicks and Liberty logos. The children of each family will receive a Liberty jersey.

The Liberty invited members of various military organizations throughout the tri-state area to attend Tuesday’s game, including Services for the Underserved Inc., Veterans Association of America, Inc., The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, United War Veterans Council, Veteran Ticket Foundation, Samaritan Village, National Military Family Association and New Era Veterans Inc. Over 500 servicemen and women, and their families are scheduled to be in attendance.

The Liberty initiative is part of the WNBA’s larger Hoops for Troops program that honors military members this Memorial Day and Fourth of July. Hoops for Troops will take center stage for the Liberty at Madison Square Garden when New York faces the Minnesota Lynx on July 6 at 2:00 p.m. in the first game of a doubleheader aired on ESPN2. The court will be adorned with WNBA Hoops for Troops logos while the Liberty and the Lynx will both be donning special shooting shirts and red, white and blue sneakers from Nike for the event.

The Garden of Dreams Foundation works with The Madison Square Garden Company to positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles. Through ongoing programs that use the magic of MSG – including the Rangers, the Knicks, the Liberty, MSG Entertainment and MSG Networks – the Foundation develops strong, long-term relationships that truly change lives. Since its inception in September 2006, Garden of Dreams has created thousands of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that have brought joy and happiness to more than 250,000 children and their families, including those facing homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care.