Hospital for Special Surgery and New York Knicks Invite Fans to "Train like a Knick!"

Video Contest Winners Receive Opportunity to “Train Like A Knick” at MSG Training Center with Knicks Alumni

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 Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 2 in rheumatology, No. 19 in neurology, and No. 16 in geriatrics by U.S.News & World Report (2011-12), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center three consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. From 2007 to 2011, HSS has been a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award. HSS is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at www.hss.edu.
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