In early November, senior Terrell Dixon, through the MSG Classroom program, conducted an on-air interview with Metta World Peace during a Knicks game. Metta (formerly Ron Artest) is one of the most successful defenders in the NBA.
In partnership with MSG Media, Garden of Dreams coordinates the MSG Classroom program, an eight-week course designed to teach high school students about career opportunities available within the television industry. Throughout the course, and with the help of dedicated MSG Media employees, students meet with experts in a variety of areas (i.e. production, editing, directing, camerawork, broadcasting, marketing, publicrelations) who share their professional experiences and provide insight into the many career options available within the television industry. Moreover, the young people attain the skills necessary to create their very own sports and entertainment program. At the conclusion of the program, students present their original program to MSG executives and employees during a special “premiere party.”
Terrell reflected on his experience: "Walt Clyde Frazier sat right next to me and said 'It doesn't matter where you come from, it matters where you're going.' That was really inspirational," Terrell said. "The program forced me to challenge myself and as a result I have more confidence in myself."
This opportunity was brought to Terrell through Children's Aid Society at Fannie Lou Freedom Hamer High School, which maintains a relationship with Garden of Dreams / MSG Media to provide programs like these to underprivileged youth in New York City. Terrell has taken advantage of a number of partner programs through Fannie Lou and the Children's Aid Society, including a student exchange trip to Germany over the summer, and participation in the Corporate Workplace Internship program during the school year.