The Junior Liberty League uses the game of basketball to unite girls from across New York City, while providing a positive, structured environment for self-improvement, personal growth, and community development. An extension of the Liberty’s “Burn Bright” campaign, the goal of the partnership with DYCD, is to inspire young women to take their experiences and build a foundation for successful, healthy, adult lives. Recognizing a lack of organized athletic activities for high school aged girls in New York City, the Liberty partnered with the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development to form the Junior Liberty League.
In addition to competition on the court, the Junior Liberty League is also focused on giving back to the community. During one day over the summer, each team participates in a community service projects in their neighborhood, some of which are joined by Liberty players and alumni.
To provide a complete experience for personal growth, the Junior Liberty League also features workshops throughout the season that focus on sportsmanship, leadership and personal growth. These learning experiences are also augmented by participation from current Liberty players and alumni.
Jr Liberty Night at The Garden
Members of the Junior Liberty League will also have a chance to attend a game at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, where they may participate in a pregame ball ceremony with the Liberty and receive on court recognition for their participation in the league.
During the inaugural Junior Liberty League season, the championship games were played at MSG Training Center in Greenburgh, N.Y., the official training site of the WNBA’s Liberty, NBA’s Knicks, NBA D-League’s Westchester Knicks, and the NHL’s Rangers. The 2015 championships were attended by Liberty stars Tina Charles and Tanisha Wright, who participated in the trophy presentations, signed autographs and posed for pictures.