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Now that we have put the decorations away, the holidays are behind us, and many of us are joining gyms to work off all those holiday cookies, there is one thing we must carry with us throughout the year. We have to be GRATEFUL for the things that weren’t wrapped and put under the tree. And we have to appreciate our families and our cozy homes.

As many of you may know, homelessness in New York City has been on the rise. Did you know that children represent 55% of New Yorkers in family shelters? Yup, shocking to me, too. There are several organizations dedicated to helping these people in need.

One organization that stood out to Knicks Film School is WIN (Women In Need). They have been helping families in NYC for over 35 years by providing safe housing, and various services for women and children in need.

This organization might sound familiar to Knicks fans. Allonzo Trier, the undrafted sensation, recently launched a T-shirt campaign “BU1LT 4 THIS” which donated all proceeds to WIN.

As if he needed to do anything else to capture the hearts of New Yorkers! We couldn’t help but fall in love with him more on and off the court. You want this guy to make it as far as possible in his NBA journey, as well as in life. This is nothing new from Mr. Trier. He has been volunteering in homeless shelters from a young age thanks to his mother Marcie Trier. This was an effort to keeping him conscious and level headed. We applaud both of them for their charitable work.

KFS is looking forward to kicking off the New Year in making our contribution to WIN by both volunteering in activities which will be led by the women that represent KFS and donating in-kind with the help of our amazing community.

Our volunteer events will be taking place in the spring. We will have multiple days of volunteering to make sure everyone gets a chance to start the year off right by giving back to the community. We are also asking our amazing followers to join us on the campaign. Maybe not everyone can lend their time, but you can do your part with a generous donation to help other New Yorkers.

This is what sets New York apart from other cities. In the fast hustle and bustle of a New York minute, we take the time to help.

In addition to helping an organization that helps women, we will be celebrating women associated with the Knicks throughout the month. Swin Cash will be honored as one of our main female focal points. She has had a successful career in the WNBA and is currently a studio Analyst for ESPN and MSG. On her days off she is a mommy to the adorable Saint Cash Canal who was born on August 24th 2017. Yes she does it all!

In today’s society, where women have to find the perfect balance, or even at times choose one thing over another, Swin does it effortlessly. You can get tips and pointers from her podcasts “She’s Got Time” where she discusses every day topics that are relatable to all.

Help us celebrate women and give back to those in need!

A small donation of time or money will go a long way in ensuring organizations like WIN are able to achieve their mission of providing safe housing and critical services for New Yorkers who are less fortunate than us.

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The ups, downs, hopes and realities of being a Knicks fan during a rebuilding season

As I sit here on New Year’s Eve after one of the most embarrassing games in Knicks history, it’s a great opportunity to take the time to reflect on what I thought was going to happen this season, what has happened, and what I want to see happen for my beloved Knicks in 2019.

What I thought would happen

As an overly optimistic, highly hopeful, extremely supportive (and always disappointed) Knicks fan, I decided this year was going to be different. I was ready to go into this season with no expectations and somehow find even more patience than I had ever given before. As if the last 24 years of my fandom were not enough.

With KP out of the lineup and nobody worth the excitement, I had no choice but to hop on the rebuild train packed with lots of patience and optimism. Yes, it was going to be another long season, but I was ready for it…or so I thought.

After watching our rookies in a few Summer League games and learning more about coach Fizdale and the front office’s plans for the future, I was all in. I was ready to support this team through the ups and many downs ahead.

A rebuild is not supposed to be exciting, extreme patience is necessary, and lots of alcohol helps, too. As Knick fans, we know better than anyone else what shortcuts can do to a supposed “rebuild.” But I was excited for the process.

I attended this year’s open practice with an open mind, and it was hard not to get excited for the young talent we had just acquired. Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson looked like they were going to be studs! Allonzo Trier totally shocked me. Was it possible for my Knicks to get this lucky in the draft?!?! We got steals in Robinson and ISO Zo! At that point, I was even rooting for Ron Baker! He looked ready for the season, and so did Frenchie! I wasn’t sold on Mudiay but hoped for the best.

What has happened so far

After a few wins and close defeats to start the season, the Knicks were exciting to watch again. It’s like they were our child’s team, and as fans, we were those extremely supportive and encouraging parents sitting on the bleachers, watching and cheering. No harsh tweets, no blaming the coach, we were looking for the positives, even after a loss.

The Knicks went on a short-lived winning streak after a heartbreaking loss to the Trail Blazers; they went on to beat the Celtics, Pelicans and Grizzlies. That was where I made the mistake of going off the tracks and not trusting the process. For a second, I was about to revert to my old ways and have hope the Knicks can make the playoffs this year. They were right there, almost at .500, and if they could have held on until KP came back, I was sure it was possible. At least the delusional Knick fan in me thought so. Boy, was I wrong… and in denial for what was about to come.

The Knicks went on to win two more games after that win streak, a great win over the Bucks (which cost us later) and an overtime triller against the Hornets. Recent games have been horrible. So horrible that I, out of all people, have jumped on the tank train! At this point, it’s what’s best for the rebuilding process and for the future. Especially for Zion Williamson, if the basketball gods can finally be on the Knicks side! We are due for a #1 pick.

What I want to happen for the rest of the season

What I want to see for the remainder of this season is for the Knicks to continue to compete and show signs of development. Recently, we haven’t seen this at all. It’s almost like the young players have run out of gas, already. To be fair, there have been a few injuries. And there are a few notable exceptions. Kevin Knox is really giving it his all for the Rookie of the Year award. He is slowly adding himself to consideration; it makes you wonder where he would be if he didn’t injure his ankle early in the season.

Noah Vonleh has made a tremendous impact on both ends of the floor. I would like the Knicks to find a way to keep him next season, especially if we are trying to build an identity as a defensive-minded team, plus he’s the Greek Freak’s kryptonite.

I have apologized to Emmanuel Mudiay several times! I really appreciate a player that makes you eat your words. He has done an amazing job and will be a great backup point guard next season. Yes, deep down I still question his consistency. I hope he proves me wrong.

I am so over Enes Kanter and his unsportsmanlike attitude! Yes, Enes we know you like double doubles, but like your friend in OKC, we want more than an impressive stat line from you! I’m so glad Fizdale is not afraid to sit him. His lack of defense is what the Knicks should keep in mind before they even think of re-signing him this coming summer. I think his Knick days are done after this season.

I really hope we continue to develop and give meaningful minutes to our young players, especially Frank! After all, the youth represents the future of this team.

I think we need KP to come back around March to show free agents that he is back and the team is building toward something good at the World’s Most Famous Arena, which is an attraction on its own, let alone if the team is stocked with promising young players.

However, for all the free agent talk, I’m ok if they don’t land one of the superstars in July, which seems unlikely anyway. I just want the team to do what they told us they were going to do.

Stick to the process.

There’s no need to rush the plan by spending money this offseason, just because they have money to spend. Hopefully, we get Zion or the #2 pick and keep grinding. What’s another year or two! We’ve waited this long. Knicks fans can wait a little longer to build the team the right way.

I’m mentally preparing to get though the rest of the season with tequila and my Knicks thread. We can do this Knicks fans, we’ve been through worse. Wishing you all a happy, healthy New Year… and the #1 pick for 2019 😁

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