New York, N.Y.—February 2, 2012
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), a world leader in orthopedics and rheumatology and the Official Hospital of the New York Knicks, and the New York Knickerbockers announced today the launch of the first-ever “Train Like a Knick!” fan contest. Supporting the importance of overall fitness and wellness, fans are invited to submit entertaining and healthy exercise videos that show how they train like their favorite Knicks players. The contest winners will receive a Knicks training experience at MSG Training Center, including personalized basketball drills and workouts with Knicks alumni and the team’s training and HSS rehabilitation staff.
The video contest is part of HSS’ and the Knicks effort to encourage fans, amateur athletes and “weekend warriors” to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle throughout the basketball season and beyond. Instructional videos featuring former Knick players Charles Smith, John Starks and John Wallace and hosted by MSG personality Scott Lasky, appear on www.HSS.edu. In the videos, HSS physical therapists and exercise physiologists lead the players through a series of workouts, highlighting joint alignment, maximum oxygen intake and core strength, that demonstrate training methods to help athletes prevent injuries and perform at their best.
“The exercise session designed by HSS reminded me that physical training sometimes goes beyond the basketball court,” said John Starks, who played for the Knicks from 1990 to 1998 and is currently an Alumni Relations and Fan Development Advisor for the team. “My hope is that all recreational players understand the importance of exercise when playing basketball and will continue to lead a healthy lifestyle.”
“We are excited to be working with our partner HSS to invite passionate Knicks fans to show us how they train like their favorite team,” said Greg Economou, executive vice president, MSG Sports. “This is a fun and interactive initiative that helps promote the importance of fitness and overall wellness, and offers fans a chance to win an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience to train with Knicks alumni at our world-class MSG Training Center.”
Basketball fans 16 years of age and older are invited to submit a short video of 60 seconds or less showcasing how they “Train Like a Knick.” All content will be evaluated on originality, creativity and association with health and wellness. This may include specific basketball drills on rebounding and defense, stretching exercises or even making healthy food choices. Submissions will be accepted via HSS’s Facebook page until March 15, 2012. Five finalists will be selected and then fans across the country will have the opportunity to vote for their three favorites. In addition, each winner can invite up to four friends to “Train Like a Knick” too. One grand prize winner will also receive a VIP Knicks package.
“On behalf of HSS, we are proud to support the New York Knicks and are excited to bring this program and health and wellness messages to the fans,” said Lou Shapiro, President and CEO of Hospital for Special Surgery. “Together we strive to help both the professional athlete and the ‘weekend warrior’ keep moving and stay injury-free.”
To enter the “Train Like a Knick!” contest, fans must first “Like” HSS on Facebook. The “Train Like a Knick” contest is open to legal U.S. residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, at least 16 years old at time of entry, who reside within a 75-mile radius of Madison Square Garden.
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About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the ninth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report (2018-2019). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.