Do you know a Middle School basketball player who excels on the court and in the classroom? The New York Knicks are looking for students, ages 11-14, who exemplify the heroic characteristics of the late great Dave DeBusschere – a hardworking, caring, loyal, fun loving leader! Two winners will be given 4 tickets each and honored at center court of Madison Square Garden when the Knicks host the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, April 30, 2022. In addition, the New York Knicks will provide an Equipment Donation to each winner’s school or community athletic center, and each winner will be granted a $500 dollar athletic shopping experience.

Background on Dave DeBusschere:

Dave DeBusschere starred at the University of Detroit before enjoying a 12-year career in the NBA. He began his career in his hometown of Detroit and played for 7 seasons before being traded to the Knicks in December 1968, simply known as "The Trade," as the final piece of the franchise's first championship team. He helped lead New York to the playoffs in each of his six seasons, including NBA Championships in 1970 and 1973. He was named to five NBA All-Star teams (1970-1974) and one All-NBA Second Team (1969). He retired as a Knick in 1974 before returning to the organization as executive vice president and director of basketball operations in 1982 where he presided for four seasons. He received the highest player-honor on Mar. 24, 1981, when his No. 22 jersey was retired to the rafters of The World's Most Famous Arena. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983.

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