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Skill + Karma = Westchester Knicks Win

Posted on January 3, 2019 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Played for Canned Food Instead of Tickets

Thanks to support from cheering crowds inspired by the Westchester Knicks’ good will, this NBA G League team scored a nail-biting 104-102 victory over the Capital City Go-Go’s at the Westchester County Center on December 27th.  The sellout crowd filled the stands for the first-ever give away of free game tickets in exchange for canned good donations to Catholic Charities NY’s Feeding Our Neighbors program for hungry New Yorkers.

Fans piled in, some bringing gifts of food in lieu of tickets, others dropping off shopping bags filled with tuna, beans, soups and more even though they already bought tickets. 

The NBA G League is the NBA's official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league's research and development laboratory.

Even toddlers got into the act, standing on tip toes to drop off donations. And Catholic Charities NY CYO players helped as well; families dropped off donations and Holy Rosary elementary school CYO team faced off in a special halftime scrimmage.  The donations, hundreds of pounds all told, will be distributed by Catholic Charities food pantries to hungry New Yorkers.

With 15 wins and 7 losses in 2018, the Westchester Knicks closed out the year with the second best record in the Eastern Conference.

Catholic Charities supports a vast network of soup kitchens food pantries, emergency shelters, temporary and transitional housing, and permanent affordable housing to help homeless families and individuals in New York.

During intermission the Knicks honored Catholic Charities.

 

“In the Spirit of Christmas, we’ve come to help many families that are falling on hard times,” says Catholic Charities Bronx Regional Director Fr. Eric Cruz, who helped spearhead the event. “This is a great call and opportunity to raise awareness to the needs of families and children.  So many generous people, so many words of thanks and well wishes."