Originally posted on Knicks Journal  |  Last updated 3/25/13
There are just a couple of weeks left in the NBA's regular season. As Knicks fans know, there's nothing like taking in a game and rooting for the Big Apple's home team. Speaking from experience, it's also a lot of fun to hit the road and support the Knicks away from home as well, as the passion of their fans can be heavily felt in just about any arena nationwide.If you haven't been to a game yet this season, now is the time to make your move and get out there. Luckily, two charitable causes have come out with opportunities for you to support the Knicks, all the while also throwing your support behind worthy enough causes to benefit those in need. Take a look below for more information.Opportunity #1:The New York Knicks have donated tickets in the West Balcony and provided VIP on-court access during a pre-game warm up and shoot-around to support a charity that helps kids in Haiti. This is a unique opportunity to see your favorite NBA stars up close and personal during the pre-game, which is usually closed to the public.Want the details? On April 9th at the Knicks vs. Washington Wizards game at Madison Square Garden, you too can watch the warm-up right on the court, then watch the game from seats in the Upper West Balcony. Information about how to buy tickets are only available at http://goalshaiti.org/knicksAs if that wasn’t charitable enough, Melo, Shumpert and Chandler also donated some autographed shwag that the charity has been auctioning off on Ebay. Still up for grabs are a signed Shumpert jersey and a ball autographed by Tyson Chandler. Each item comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by a representative of the Knicks themselves.Cool Knicks shwag, tickets and a tax-deduction for helping kids in Haiti go to school and play sports? Sounds good to us.Hope to see you at the game!Opportunity #2The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte and the Charlotte Bobcats have joined forces to create the ultimate sports and travel experience for basketball enthusiasts, with all proceeds from this incomparable VIP offering set to go to charity.The new “Basketball Bucket List Experience” at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte includes exclusive and unprecedented NBA basketball access never before offered in the region, and only one package will be made available for sale. Priced at $10,000, the two-night basketball dream experience for four will include:From The Ritz-Carlton, CharlotteTwo nights in the luxurious, 2,900-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Suite and an adjoining second bedroomTwo signature treatments at The Spa & Wellness CenterDinner for four at BLT Steak, located at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. Includes a special autographed cookbook from renowned BLT Steak chef and owner Laurent TourondelBreakfast for four each morning at Bar Cocoa at The Ritz-Carlton, CharlottePrivate tour with curator of Charlotte’s renowned Mint MuseumTwo personalized Ritz-Carlton bathrobes and special in-room guest amenities for each eveningRound-trip private transportation from Charlotte Douglas International Airport From the Charlotte BobcatsFour floor seats on April 15, when the Bobcats host the New York Knicks at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, including in-seat concession service, BackCourt Club access, dinner buffet and complimentary beveragesPre-game Meet and Greet with package holder’s favorite Bobcats playerAutographed jersey from package holder’s favorite Bobcats playerAdmittance to behind-the-scenes Bobcats post-game press conferenceTo reserve the Basketball Bucket List Experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, contact Whitney Howell at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte at 704-549-4735.
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