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NEW YORK (WLNY) – This week, 40 under-privileged children from the Tri-State area have been experiencing an unforgettable week of summer fun.
Dream Week is an annual event put on by the Garden of Dreams Foundation to expose these kids to special activities involving many parts of the Madison Square Garden company like the New York Rangers, New York Liberty, and the New York Knicks.
Legendary Knicks forward Larry Johnson was a party of the fun. Johnson is originally from Dallas — where he also takes part in charity initiatives. He sat down on The Couch to talk about what giving back means to him.
“It’s a responsibility. And it’s contagious. Everyone on our team — you see Carmelo doing his camps, JR Smith has a foundation…everyone is just trying to do whatever we can. You make it come together.”
“I think [they like] hanging out and seeing exactly where the athletes work out, where they practice. They were trying on Carmelo Anthony’s shoes…their eyes light up.”
But it’s about more than just helping out the youngsters. Johnson said he wants the kids to know that this comes full circle.
“We understand you’re a fan of the Liberty, of the Rangers…but we’re your fan, too,” Johnson said. “[It] keeps everybody in the community, lets us know we’re all in it together.”
While former Knicks player Jason Kidd recently retired from the game to become a coach, Johnson said that’s not the path for him.
“I’m a little bit out of touch with the game today, I believe,” he said. “The game is the game, but getting the youngsters to play the game is a different story.”
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