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Commissioner Ovesey and Children from Shelter Enjoy Visit from New York Liberty Players


It was a slam dunk of a night!

On Tuesday, June 18, Department of Homeless Services (DHS) Commissioner Michele Ovesey and approximately 30 children from City shelters were joined by players from the New York Liberty at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum for an evening of education and fun.

Sponsored by the Garden of Dreams Foundation, the “Show Me New York” event offered youngsters their own, one-on-one, off-the-court playtime with the female basketball phenoms. Interacting excitedly with the children, Liberty players Kelsey Bone, Katie Smith, Toni Young, Kamiko Williams and Alex Montgomery demonstrated their most inspiring all-star qualities yet− exuding a great deal of kindness, patience and charisma.

“We truly cannot say enough about our outstanding community partnerships, which enable events such as this one to be possible,” said Commissioner Ovesey. “Garden of Dreams has been a fantastic source of support, providing one-of-a-kind opportunities that our families will remember for years to come.”

As Madison Square Garden’s philanthropic organization, Garden of Dreams has− since 2006− collaborated with DHS and other partners to serve more than 225,000 families in the tri-state area.

Specifically, over the last several years, the organization has generously connected DHS clients to a number of sports and entertainment events at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre. These activities include New York Knicks, Liberty and Rangers Games, in addition to an array of concerts and musical performances.

Against the backdrop of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the most recent event aimed to promote education and healthy lifestyles in an enjoyable way. Before having dinner in the museum café, attendees got up-close-and-personal with the in-house horseshoe crabs and eagerly explored the Science Inquiry Center. Founded in 1899, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum was the first museum created expressly for children.

As the evening came to a close and the children said goodbye to their new pro athlete friends, they weren’t pondering final game scores or league standings. Instead, they were left with the pertinent message that, when learning is fun, everyone wins.

To learn more about the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, visit http://www.brooklynkids.org.

To learn more about the Garden of Dreams Foundation, visit http://www.gardenofdreamsfoundation.org