Alexsa has been singing her whole life. She enjoys sharing her talent with others and has recently learned to play the ukelele. Whenever she sings, Alexsa wants to spread the message of being true to yourself. During the Garden of Dreams Talent Show, Alexsa sang and played the ukelele to "Riptide" by Vance Joy. While preparing for the Talent Show, Alexsa received special advice from musician Grace VanderWaal. Also playing the ukelele, Grace was able to help Alexsa get ready for her performance on the Great Stage at Radio City!Read More
Over twenty children from Bridge Haven Family Center in the Bronx were visited by the Knicks Gaming team last Thursday, July 19th. The six players and their coach have made history as MSG’s first official NBA 2K League team. The players shared their stories and unique backgrounds with the kids during a Q&A session, where they encouraged them to follow their passions. Our kids were even more excited when the Knicks gamers surprised them with a brand-new PlayStation4... Read More
Maxim, who started taking vocal lessons after a recommendation from his physical therapist, enjoys singing and playing the piano. Maxim's favorite thing to do is travel with his family and he has had several opportunities to sing abroad including in the Dominican Republic and Canada. From Garden of Dreams partner organization Hospital for Special Surgery, Maxim performed "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in this year's Talent Show at Radio City Music Hall.Read More
Tinuolawaye, from Garden of Dreams partner organization Cohen Children's Medical Center, grew up singing in her church choir and listening to inspirational music with her family. This past March at the Garden of Dreams Talent Show, Tinu sang "His Eye is on the Sparrow" because the song resonates very deeply with her. During recent health challenges, her family and her faith were constant sources of support and strength. When she attends college Tinu wants to study law. Tinu also participated in the Garden of Dreams Prom this spring, where she walked the purple carpet and saw surprise performances from A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Young... Read More
The members of Divercity Dancers consider one another family. Whenever someone in the group is dealing with a hardship, they have each other and dance to help get them through. Even though their aspirations vary from dancers and singers to doctors and attorneys, the members know their love of dance will help them achieve their goals.Read More
Participating in a community theater, Andrew started acting when he was five years old. Currently, Andrew, from Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, is involved in his high school’s theater program.
During his Talent Show experience, Andrew received a special surprise when Hamilton and Broadway star, Christopher Jackson, called Andrew wishing him good luck before the show. Besides being an incredible performer in the Talent Show, Andrew recently attended the Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. Performing “Proud of Your Boy” from Aladdin on the Great Stage, Andrew hopes to pursue a career in acting!Read More
Dancing has always played an important part in Samantha's life and accounts for some of her most cherished memories. At five years old, Samantha, from Garden of Dreams partner organization NYPD Widows' and Children's Fund, started dancing by creating her own routines. Samantha and her sister, Alexis, have been part of the Garden of Dreams family since 2013. This past March, Samantha performed to "Million Reasons" by Lady Gaga in the Garden of Dreams Talent Show at Radio City. In the future, Samantha wants to pursue psychology so that she can help others cope with their feelings.Read More
The New York Liberty welcomed over 50 Garden of Dreams children and their families to Garden of Dreams Night on Wednesday, June 13. The Westchester County Center was filled with talented performers, star players, and a lively fan base that packed the stands.
The night began with two primetime performances by GDF Talent Show stars, Giana and Brianna, each singing their favorite songs “Superwoman” by Alicia Keys and “Dynamite” by China Anne McClain. Andrew, who also took the stage at Radio City for this year’s Talent Show, sang the National Anthem with the help from some of our youngest Liberty fans who participated as Anthem buddies with... Read More
Garden of Dreams kid reporter and New York Knicks super fan Makayla, from Garden of Dreams partner organization Harlem Dowling, had the special opportunity to ask her own questions at the Knicks Draft 18 Press Conference. Along with the local reporters, Makayla was able to ask Knicks rookies Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson questions including "What player do you most look forward to playing against?" and "What excites you the most about playing in New York?"Read More
For the Spring 2018 semesters, Garden of Dreams teens from our partner, WHEDco, participated in the MSG Classroom program. Each week, these students would meet with different professionals from MSG Networks and The Madison Square Garden Company to learn about different jobs within the company and gain insight into the many career options available within the television industry. Meeting weekly, the students attended a Rangers game, watching the game from a production perspective. They also had the opportunity to sit in on a Rangers production meeting, interview a Rangers player, and tour the MSG Networks production truck.
Throughout the semester, the student worked on creating and producing their own... Read More