Clark CYO basketball team that refused to play without girls invited to Knicks game

A youth basketball team from Clark was invited to Monday night's Knicks game in New York.



The team was honored not for their basketball skills on the court, but for setting a sportsmanship example off the court.



The Saint John's Catholic Youth Organization team made national headlines when officials tried to break up the co-ed team by kicking off the female players.



The fifth-grade boys said that sticking together was more important and refused to play without the girls, even if it meant forfeiting the season.



Cardinal Joseph Tobin of the Newark Archdiocese reversed the decision and allowed the girls to stay on the team.



The team was invited to Madison Square Garden and met with players from both the Knicks and the WNBA's Liberty.



"I told them that you're not going to remember every layup you make, every shot you take, but you're definitely going to remember moments like this that shape your character to the person you will be," said Liberty center Tina Charles.



The young players said they had a blast at the game and were surprised by how big the Knicks players are in person.



The team was also surprised a few days ago by retired basketball stars Larry Johnson and Theresa Weatherspoon, who came to their game in Clark.


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