Administrator Carter and more than 100 children ages 7-14 at the sport court launch

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY

October 11, 2017

Contact: Arianna Fishman (fishmana@hra.nyc.gov, o: 929-221-5249 c: 646-629-4723)

NY KNICKS TO DONATE NEW SPORT COURT TO DHS FAMILY SHELTER IN QUEENS

More than 100 children will participate in a Jr. Knicks basketball clinic to inaugurate new resource

NEW YORK—On Thursday, October 12, Department of Homeless Services Administrator Joslyn Carter will join the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden’s Garden of Dreams Foundation to announce the opening of a newly-donated Knicks Sport Court at the Saratoga Family Inn, a transitional housing facility in Queens operated by not-for-profit service provider Homes for the Homeless. 100 children ages 7-14 residing at the Saratoga Family Inn will participate in a Jr. Knicks basketball clinic, which will include shooting, ball-handling, and passing drills as well as an appearance by a current New York Knicks player.

The Garden of Dreams Foundation and the New York Knicks have also provided a pizza dinner for the families, a DJ for entertainment, prizes and contests and NYC streetball and basketball performers. The Garden of Dreams Foundation works with all areas of The Madison Square Garden Company and MSG Networks, Inc. to provide unforgettable experiences for children overcoming obstacles. The Department of Homeless Services has partnered with Garden of Dreams for 11 years and, together, continue to connect young New Yorkers experiencing homelessness with vibrant programming, team-building, and leadership opportunities across the five boroughs.

Media interested in attending should RSVP with Arianna Fishman at fishmana@hra.nyc.gov.

What: DHS, NY Knicks and the Garden of Dreams Foundation announce opening of a newly-donated Knicks sport court at Queens shelter, where 100 children residing at this location will participate in basketball clinic
When: Thursday, October 12, 2017
4:00 PM–6:00 PM
Where:

Saratoga Family Inn
Jamaica, NY

Who: NYC Department of Homeless Services Administrator Joslyn Carter
Madison Square Garden's Garden of Dreams Foundation
Current New York Knicks player
100 children from NYC homeless shelters and their families

 

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