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Garden of Dreams Foundation’s Dream Week 2011, Part 1

August 4, 2011

The Garden of Dreams Foundation held its third Dream Week in early July, hosting kids from a community center in Brooklyn. The week was packed with a wide range of activities involving the New York Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Networks, MSG Sports Properties, MSG Entertainment and Fuse at venues throughout the tri-state area. See below for a brief sampling of what the kids experienced in the first part of their special week, and I’ll post more in Part 2 next week. To learn more about the Garden of Dreams Foundation, Dream Week, and see photos taken by me and the other photographers covering the week’s events, check out the Garden of Dreams website! Photos ©Madison Square Garden, L.P.

Rangers player Ruslan Fedotenko leads a conga line on the ice at the Madison Square Garden Training Center:

Rangers player Ruslan Fedotenko leads a conga line on the ice at the Madison Square Garden Training Center

Brad Richards, a star player (and former Dallas Star) recently acquired by the Rangers, helps a new skater:

Brad Richards, a star player (and former Dallas Star) recently acquired by the Rangers, helps a new skater

Rangers legend Rod Gilbert joins the kids on the ice:

Rangers legend Rod Gilbert joins the kids on the ice

Giving sled hockey a try:

Giving sled hockey a try

Kids get introduced in the Madison Square Garden Training Center gym with a pre-game style New York Liberty basketball high-five line:

Kids get introduced in the Madison Square Garden Training Center gym with a New York Liberty basketball high-five line

Liberty high five line

Liberty player Sidney Spencer helps out with a dress and dribble game:

Liberty player Sidney Spencer helps out with a dress and dribble game

Shooting hoops:

Shooting hoops

Tug-of-war, with the Liberty’s Plenette Pierson leading the way:

Tug-of-war, with the Liberty's Plenette Pierson leading the way

Plenette Pierson, Quanitra Hollingsworth, Essence Carson and the kids check out the Liberty locker room:

Plenette Pierson, Quanitra Hollingsworth, Essence Carson and the kids check out the Liberty locker room

A trip to Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey to meet Red Bulls soccer players Mehdi Ballouchy, Alex Horwath, Stephen Keel, Jan Gunnar Solli and MSG Network TV broadcasters:

A trip to Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey to meet Red Bull soccer players Mehdi Ballouchy, Alex Horwath, Stephen Keel, Jan Gunnar Solli and MSG Network TV broadcasters

Red Bulls players Jan Gunnar Solli and Mehdi Ballouchy demonstrate proper heading technique…

Red Bulls players Jan Gunnar Solli and Mehdi Ballouchy demonstrate proper heading technique

…then give the kids a chance to try it out as part of a challenging elimination game:

then give the kids a chance to try it out as part of a challenging elimination game

Red Bulls goalkeeper Alex Horwath mans the penalty shot booth:

Red Bulls goalkeeper Alex Horwath mans the penalty shot booth

Stephen Keel runs a soccer game:

Stephen Keel runs a soccer game

Jan Gunnar Solli poses for a photo with his new friends:

Jan Gunnar Solli poses for a photo with his new friends

Stay tuned for more photos next week! In the meantime, check out photos from last year’s Dream Week :)

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