New York Knicks’ J.R. Smith “Show Kids NY” at Mini Golf

Monday, March 17, 2014

On February 25, thirty children from Garden of Dreams partner organization, Harlem Dowling, joined Knicks player J.R. Smith for an afternoon of mini-golf and games in Union Square at the Greenwich Village Country Club at Bowlmor Lanes. Upon arrival, the children were greeted by members of the Knicks 7th Avenue Squad and quickly took off their jackets to put on their new J.R. Smith t-shirts and enjoy a delicious spread. After dinner, it was time for the games!

Many of the children had never played mini-golf before and were enthusiastic to give it a try. A huge fan of golf himself, J.R. gladly gave the children a few pointers as they made their way through the course.  While some children golfed, other children played shuffle board, pool, and a very competitive game of air hockey to which J.R. was impressed.

During all the action, one child exclaimed, "Wow, that's J.R. Smith! I can't believe I get to play pool against my favorite NBA Player. This is the best day ever!"

To conclude the evening, J.R. took photos, signed autographs and handed out a gift bag to each child. The children boarded the bus back to Harlem Dowling full of smiles and chatter about the fun they had. 

Be sure to check out photos in the gallery!