The New York Knicks, Sprite and Foot Locker are partnering with the YMCA of Greater New York, New York City Parks & Recreation's 'Millennium Basketball League' and the City Wide Athletic Association to give over 9,000 children, boys & girls ages 7-18, a chance to play organized basketball in league format. The program consists of instruction, skill development, league play, Knicks clinics and trips to Madison Square Garden to attend Knicks games, play on the Garden floor and meet Knicks players & Legends. Junior Knicks League completion takes place from January - August at:
· 48 YMCA's for 4,000 participants
· 18 NYC Parks & Recreation locations throughout the 5 boroughs for 1,000 participants on 104 teams
· Over 1,000 Junior Knicks League players will participate in ten Junior Knicks basketball clinics with appearances by former Knicks/Liberty players such as Larry Johnson, John Starks, Cal Ramsey, John Wallace, Charles Smith and Anthony Mason as well as former WNBA/NY Liberty All-Stars Kym Hampton & Sue Wicks.
· 200+ Jr. Participants played in games at Madison Square Garden in front of 19,000+ spectators each night at half times of nine Knicks games that took place during the 2011-12 season.
Summer 2013: City Wide Athletic Association, Inc. currently operating in its 49th year under the direction of Howie Evans, will once again produce a summer youth division of the Junior Knicks League presented by Sprite & Foot Locker for 2,000 children ages 8 – 10 & 11 – 12 years old on weekends in July – mid September. This league features events in Harlem at Crack is Whack Park (128th Street & 2nd Avenue), and once again in Brooklyn at Parkside Park (Winthrop Street between Rogers and Bedford Park) with travel dates to tournaments in New Jersey and Philadelphia during the Summer of 2013 also to be scheduled. Rain sites to include Wagner Youth & Athletic Center (JHS 45) in Manhattan and St. John’s Recreation Center in Brooklyn.
Be sure to check the Knicks photo galleries for all of the Jr Knicks League action from prior league play and upcoming Summer 2013 dates & locations to be posted soon.
Photo Gallery: Jr. Knicks League: August 2012