Garden of Dreams gives youngsters unique experiences

NY Liberty players take 35 underprivileged kids to children’s musuem

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New York Liberty players took a break from basketball on June 18 to take 35 underprivileged youngsters to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in Crown Heights.

The visit was part of the “Show Kids New York”, a program which exposes children to well-known attractions in the city. The program is an initiative from the Garden of Dreams Foundation, an organization that aims to give underprivileged children unique experiences. The participating Liberty players were Katie Smith, Kelsey Bone, Toni Young, Kamiko Williams, and Alex Montgomery

“It was great being able to put a smile on the kids’ faces,” said Young. “I’m happy that I got the chance to help make it about them.”

The children, who are between the ages of six and eight, went on an interactive tour of the museum located on Brooklyn Avenue between St. Marks Avenue and Prospect Place. They interacted with sea creatures, such as starfish and horseshoe crabs, at the “Touch Tank”, and saw a 20-foot-long python named Fantasia, among other exhibits. They also got the chance to paint pictures of some of the creatures they saw, such as horseshoe crabs, snakes, and snails.

Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Michele Ovesey also attended the event to show her support. Garden of Dreams has collaborated with Homeless Services since 2006, according to a department spokesperson.

“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,” she said.

Other “Show Kids New York” trips have included a visit to Chelsea Piers with members of the New York Rangers, and a holiday shopping spree at F.A.O. Schwarz with New York Knicks players. Garden of Dreams collaborates with 22 partner organizations in the tri-state area that work with underprivileged children.

“Having the opportunity to work with the Garden of Dreams and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum was a great experience,” said Bone. “To see the kids’ eagerness to learn and interact with the animals without fear was a true sight to see.”

Updated 10:12 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

jay from nyc says:
not into this league at all, boring, slow, blah, BUT its cool that they are helping out and doing something good for someone other than themselves, of course they which the cynical side of me says that's the only reason this happened. Its a nice gesture though.
July 5, 2013, 10:26 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
At least it's nice to see some coverage of the WNBA here when it's usually snubbed by most of the media. It was very nice of them to do this in showing how much they care. As for those who think that it's boring, my guess is that none of you saw any games. One day, the Liberty will win a championship and there will be a ticker tape parade down in the Canyon of Heroes, while the naysayers will be the ones left in the dark. Overall, just stop with the hate on the WNBA especially if your girlfriend or wife got cut when trying out.
July 7, 2013, 1:39 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal, what sort of mental disability have you been diagnosed with?
July 8, 2013, 7:38 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, is there something you have against the WNBA, because you do tend to say something only a sexist would mention?
July 8, 2013, 5:32 pm
ty from pps says:
Only sexists think you have a mental disorder? Hmm... I don't think that's true. I think I'm part of a much larger group of people that think that (I'm sure there are a few sexists mixed in and probably most players from the WNBA if they had a chance to get to know you.)
July 8, 2013, 5:55 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
For the record, I have been watching the WNBA since it first started back in 1997. Even more importantly, I am glad that the Liberty have still been here since the first season. BTW, they have only missed the postseason three times in their entire franchise history. However, despite making a number of WNBA Finals appearances, which they hold the record for, they have still yet to win one, but that day will come sooner or later. Despite all their accomplishments as with the rest of the WNBA, they are still getting little to no coverage for the most part hence they are still getting snubbed. After this season, the Liberty will come back to MSG after playing three seasons over at the Prudential Center over in Newark as the renovations will be completed this year. Still, the WNBA deserves coverage, and when the Liberty finally do win a championship, it should be front page news on all major NYC newspapers. As for the claim on sexism, I have looked on search engines, and stumbled upon a number of websites and blogs that have acted sexist, and those are not just those who just don't find the WNBA to not being their cup of tea.
July 8, 2013, 7:14 pm
ty from pps says:
I'm glad you've set the record straight!! I know I thought you were only a fan of the WNBA since 2001. I stand corrected.

For the record, I have attended both ticker tape parades for the Phoenix Mercury. Wow! Talk about witnessing history!
July 8, 2013, 7:44 pm

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