MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Some of Mount Vernon’s best and most talented young athletes took a trip to “The World’s Most Famous Arena” for an exhibition basketball game under the lights of Madison Square Garden.
The Mount Vernon Recreation basketball team recently attended a New York Liberty game, where they attended a shoot around featuring the pros and scrimmaged against a fellow unisex recreation league team from Charlottesville, Virginia.
Members of the two youth squads were treated to several perks usually reserved for the professionals. They were provided unique uniforms for the exhibition, had access to dressing rooms and were treated to tickets and food vouchers for the game before eventually being escorted to their seats by members of the Liberty staff so they could enjoy the game.
“We have to thank Chase Bank, the New York and Westchester Knicks, and organizers from national non-profit KaBoom! for supporting this opportunity and memory for our children,” Recreation Commissioner Darren Morton said in a statement. “We’re so proud of their performance representing our city on the hardwood.”
Though the years, Mount Vernon has been the birthplace of several notable athletes who took their talents to the NBA. Detroit Pistons Center Andre Drummond, and former professionals Ben Gordon, Kevin Jones and Rodney McCray got their starts at the Mount Vernon Basketball Center, which could use some renovations, according to Mayor Ernest Davis.
“Mount Vernon is known for producing great basketball players, and these young people upheld our reputation of being fierce competitors,” he said about the team. “To have our recreation team win the exhibition game gives us added drive to get the Mount Vernon Basketball Center on Fourth Street back in shape so they have a place to develop their skills.
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