As they bring their third successful season to a close, the Westchester Knicks, the NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, paid tribute to America’s heroes, recognizing and celebrating the contributions of America’s military veterans and of the Police and Fire Departments from the team’s home city of White Plains, N.Y.
On March 24, 2017, in their home game at the Westchester County Center against the Reno Bighorns, the Westchester Knicks hosted “Safety Night” recognizing the contributions of, and paying tribute to, the public servants of law enforcement and fire protection. On hand to represent these local heroes were members of the White Plains Police and Fire Departments.
Members of these two public safety departments competed in a hotly contested pre-game scrimmage and, although the Police Department prevailed in a narrow win over the Fire Department, the citizens of White Plains came out as the real winners in having these local heroes vigilantly on duty to protect them.
Commenting on the night’s event, City of White Plains’ Mayor, Tom Roach, noted that "The men and women of the White Plains Police and Fire Departments are dedicated individuals who give back to our community not only in the work they do every day, but through events such as this. Our police and fire personnel have always been actively involved in the community and this pre-game basketball scrimmage is just one example of that."
On March 28th, the Westchester Knicks in their home game against the Canton Charge, and with generous support from Franzoso Contracting, hosted Veteran’s Night where members of the United States armed forces were honored for their contribution to protecting and preserving America’s freedom and prosperity. On hand to welcome the fans and help salute our veterans was Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. Also present to support our veterans, cheer on the Knicks and, most importantly, help raise awareness and funds to help veterans afford home ownership, was the charitable organization Purple Heart Homes (www.purplehearthomesusa.org).
In front of a patriotic crowd at the White Plains County Center, members of the Pelham Post of the American Legion and of Westchester County Civil Air Patrol unfurled a 35 foot American flag on center court as the National Anthem was sung. Bolstered by an enthusiastic crowd and the heroic veterans in attendance, including MetroSports Magazine’s own Marine Corps veteran, Clark Thompson, the Westchester Knicks went on to defeat the Charge by a score of 108-105.
Although only two games remain in the Knicks 2016-17 season, tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the upcoming 2017-18 season are now available.