On September 20th, the Garden of Dreams Giving Program unveiled a newly renovated space at Police Athletic League's Harlem Center. The Foundation provided $1.1 million to renovate the gymnasium, atrium, and game room for the children that use this space.
This ribbon cutting was hosted by MSG Networks reporter Jill Martin, and included appearances by the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, Knicks City Dancers, Rockettes, KNX Gaming, Knicks legend John Starks and Rangers legend Rod Gilbert! The Knicks City Dancers surprised Talent Show alumnae, Harlem PAL Showstoppers, and the Showstoppers taught the KCD part of their dance. The two groups performed the Harlem PAL Showstoppers' routine "Soldiers... 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
In celebration of Read Across America Day, sixty Garden of Dreams children from partner Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation traveled to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The children enjoyed a morning filled with reading and learning- Knicks alumni John Starks read What Should I Get For A Pet, actor Justin Long read The Cat in The Hat and New York Times bestselling author Chris Grabenstein read Oh The Places You'll Go to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The kids had the opportunity to interact with the special guests as well as complete some fun activities based on the books. At the end of the event, each child... Read More
Eric from Make-A-Wish New York fulfilled his wish when he met his favorite basketball player, Kristaps Porzingis. As part of his wish experience, Eric met Kristaps Porzingis and the rest of the New York Knicks when he attended the Knicks Bowl with his family. They spent the whole night bowling and mingling with the players.
The next day, Eric and his family were invited to come to The Garden to watch the Knicks take on Chicago. Before the game, Eric watched his team warm up court side, where several of the players welcomed their new friend, Eric. Afterwards, KP invited Eric to the locker room to give Eric his game-worn shoes and signed... Read More