First-grade and second-grade students from the Storefront Academy, a charter school in the South Bronx, were treated to New York Liberty basketball game tickets Sunday afternoon with help from the YES, Inc. program, headed by Harlem resident Russel Shuler, one of the Liberty’s community partners.
Except for second-grader Delante Lee, it was their first pro game. It was Lee’s fourth Liberty game, and he looks forward to going back. “It was good game,” he said after their defeat of the Seattle Storm, 94-86. “I knew they were going to win.”
With all of the things going on during the weekend, school coordinator/teacher Nannette Simmons, a devout New York Yankees fan who planned the school’s excursion, took time out from her weekend off to accompany students, their parents and staff to Madison Square Garden.
“I liked seeing Maddie,” said first-grader Jordyn Chaplin of the Liberty mascot. She was there with her mom, who took lots of pictures and brought them hot dogs and stuff.
“It was fun,” said Korey McPhatter, a Storefront Academy second-grader who really enjoyed the game.