If you are a basketball fan and are free tomorrow, Sunday, September 9, 2007, head over to Madison Square Garden for a 3:00 pm “All-Star Classic” which directly benefits our neighbors at Coler-Goldwater Hospital (Goldwater). The “All-Star Classic” is the 17th Annual Wheelchair Charities Hoop Game organized and sponsored by Wheelchair Charities Inc.
According to the Sacramento Kings website:
“The “All-Star Classic” was started in 1991 and has received support from numerous professional basketball players throughout the years. Confirmed players at this year’s event include Ron Artest, Renaldo Balkman, Andre Barrett, Sam Cassell, Speedy Claxton, Gerald Green, Adrian Griffin, Stephen Jackson, Andre Owens, Ronnie Price, and Justin Williams.
Wheelchair Charities, Inc. was founded by Henry J. (Hank) Carter in 1973 and is a non-profit organization which assists in-patient and out-patients at Goldwater Memorial Hospital on Roosevelt Island. The previous “Classics” have raised more than $1.6 million, which has been used towards the purchase of motorized wheelchairs, computers, televisions, specialized beds and specially equipped buses. Wheelchair Charities’ mission has been to improve the quality of life for paraplegic and quadriplegic patients at Goldwater Memorial Hospital for rehabilitation.
During this year’s game, Ron Artest will be presenting a wheelchair to a young boy who became a quadriplegic after being shot six times, and wheelchairs will be presented to two other individuals as well. For more information, please visit http://www.wheelchaircharitiesinc.org/index.htm.
Tickets can be purchased at the MSG Box office or from Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com and range in price from $10 to $254.50.”