New York Knicks
The New York Knicks Community Relations department focuses its efforts in two main areas: Knicks specific programs including the Knicks Poetry Slam program and the Read to Achieve initiative, in addition to a unique partnership with the Garden of Dreams Foundation to support the Foundationís mission of making dreams come true for kids in crisis. The Knicks organization is committed to building programs of excellence that give back to the community and enhances the game of basketball. Knicks players, coaches, alumni, dancers and staff actively play a role in our goal of giving back.

TEAM PROGRAMS
The Knicks Poetry Slam program gives away over $350,000 in grants, scholarships and prizes while reaching over 10,000 students through school visits, poetry slam open auditions, a college fair, workshops and poetry slams. The Knicks Poetry Slam program provides an opportunity for high school students to express themselves through the written and spoken word and compete.
The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a non-profit charity that closely partners with all areas of Madison Square Garden, including the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Entertainment, MSG Media and Fuse, with a commitment of making dreams come true for kids in crisis. The Knicks work with Garden of Dreams to create programs and events that make a significant difference in the lives of children and families.
A literacy program designed to motivate and encourage students to read more. Each year, the Knicks and Power to Learn select 100 classes in over 30 schools in the tri-state area to participate in the online program. Participating students receive incentive items including, Knicks folders, pens and t-shirts as they meet reading goals set by their teachers.
PLAYER OUTREACH
Ronny Turiaf
After surviving a health scare stemming from a rare heart condition, Turiaf was inspired to start the Heart to Heart foundation. Turiaf raises money and awareness for heart health and provides EKGs for children who do not have health insurance
Amar'e Stoudemire
Stoudemire has traveled to Sierra Leone and where he donated $50,000 to the Zee Community Foundation to fund the rehabilitation of water wells and create a new school for Sierra Leoneís youth.