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NY Knicks Groove Truck In LI City

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Today, Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Queens) brought the New York Knicks Groove Truck to Newcomers High School in Long Island City and nearly hundred kids partook in games and skills contests for prizes.

The Groove Truck comes equipped with three glass basketball backboards, plasma TVs, a state-of-the-art sound system, basketball shooting games, skill contests and prizes - all hosted by representatives from the hometown New York Knicks. Nearly 100 kids from youth groups throughout Queens attended.

Its important to get kids outside and active, said Councilman Gioia. Its tremendous for the Knicks to give back to the community by coming to Long Island City and making this day possible. Especially with childhood obesity as a major issue in our city, its great to give kids a chance to play outside with their favorite basketball team.

Gioia has been a consistent supporter of athletics and activity for New Yorks school children. Gioia started the first little league ever at Queensbridge houses in 2002, and today, more than 230 kids play baseball on 14 teams in a season that runs until September. Additionally, Gioia supports recreational basketball leagues at the YMCA for both boys and girls, along with supporting chess tournaments for students in the winter time.

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