Q: You speak about how the Knicks made it possible for an unforgettable experience. What was that experience?
Paul Savramis: We have worked with the Knicks in the past in offering clinics for kids and their parents throughout the Metropolitan area. Many of these were on Long Island or Westchester and they were not possible for our NYC kids to attend or enjoy. Then, early this past June, the Knicks called us and asked if we would like to have 50 of our NYC kids come to a free clinic at Madison Square Garden.
Q: That sounds too good to be true.
Paul Savramis: It did. And it just got better from there. The Knicks not only offered the clinic at the garden, but they told me that they would allow the kids access to the garden through the locker areas and the players tunnels. The kids would feel like NBA players for the day.
Q: How long did it take for you to get the 50 kids?
Paul Savramis: One phone call to our team NYC director Willis Perry and we had 50 boys and girls ages 10-18 committed with another 100 kids ready and willing to go to other events.
Q: So it’s safe to say this was a great community idea by the Knicks
Paul Savramis: Beyond great. Having an idea and setting that idea in motion is one thing. The better the idea, the greater the anticipation. You then have to live up to that anticipation. The Knicks did that and more. They exceeded the kid’s anticipations.
Q: How so?
Paul Savramis: The Knicks had it all going on. The kids got on the MSG floor and were given Knick team shirts. They had past legends of the game there as well as basketball entertainers from the travel teams. They had a DJ throughout the day and then, to top it all off, they had the Knick City Dancers entertain the kids.
Q: Sounds like an unbelievable day!
Paul Savramis: Yes. It was hard to say who was more impressed, our kids, our coaches, or our parents. At the end of the day, everyone had an unforgettable time.