The New York Liberty partnered with RISE to host a Unity Game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, when the Liberty played host to the Minnesota Lynx. The unity theme was reflected in programming throughout the day, including a panel discussion, concourse activations such as RISE’s It Takes All Colors signature photo booth, fan giveaways and community outreach. The panel featured Kristen Clarke, president and executive director, national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; A. Shabazz, author and motivational speaker; Chief Juanita Holmes of the New York Police Department; William Rhoden, sports journalist and writer-at-large for The Undefeated; Sue Wicks, New York Liberty legend; and Tanisha Wright, New York Liberty veteran. Moderator was Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University professor, author and political commentator. Leading up to the game, the Liberty and Lynx players locked arms in a show of solidarity on court during the performance of the national anthem. Special guests attending the game were teammates of Mount Vernon basketball standout Shamoya McKenzie, who died at age 13 when she was struck by a stray bullet this past New Year’s Eve. RISE and the New York Liberty had presented a leadership session Sunday, Aug. 13, for the Mount Vernon student-athletes at The Garden. At halftime, New York Liberty President Isiah Thomas and RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson were interviewed. After the Liberty-Lynx game, officers from the 10th precinct competed in a fantasy game on The Garden floor against youth from Covenant House, a Garden of Dreams Foundation partner that serves homeless youth.