This summer, The New York Knicks along with Power to Learn Program and KIA Motors teamed up to present the "Knicks Read to Achieve 2013 Summer Reading Program" at various locations across the Tri-State area. At each location Knicks Alum John Starks and local Government Officials read aloud from the chosen book of the summer, Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball by John Coy.
The local Government Officials that took the time out of their busy schedules to read to over 600 parents and children were Supervisor Kate Murray who read at the Baldwin Public Library on Long Island, NY. Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman in Bridgeport, NY State Senator Martin J. Golden at the Brooklyn Public Library, NY State Assemblyman Michael Benedetto and NYC Councilmember James Vacca at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx. At the New Rochelle Public Library, New York Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Knicks Legend Allan Houston came to show their support for the community by reading aloud to the families present. The last location of the Summer Program was at the Newark Public Library where Senator Teresa Ruiz read to over 100 children and parents. T-shirts and copies of the book were distributed to the participants capping it off with a raffle which included various prizes such as goodie bags, reading books and Knicks Regular Season tickets.