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Knicks to Honor Kate Barnhart, Founder & Director of New Alternatives, With “City Spirit” Award, Presented by Clorox

NEW YORK, NY (June 24, 2021) – The New York Knickerbockers have announced Kate Barnhart, Founder & Director of New Alternatives, as this month’s Sweetwater Clifton “City Spirit” Award winner for her and her organization’s impact on keeping homeless LGBTQ+ youth safe and sheltered. The award, named in honor of Basketball Hall-of-Famer Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, the first African American to play for the Knicks, recognizes individuals who have made a significant difference in the lives of others. Each month throughout the Knicks season, a winner is chosen by members of the Knicks organization and are honored with a $5,000 donation in his or her name made out to a charity of their choice.

Kate is a long-time AIDS activist and has worked with at-risk youth since 1994, including six years working with young felons at CASES, an alternative-to-incarceration program. Since 2001, she has worked with homeless LGBTQ+ youth and spent five years serving as Director of Sylvia’s Place, an emergency shelter for LGBTQ+ homeless youth.

Kate is currently the Director of New Alternatives, which she founded in October 2008 with a group of volunteers and professionals with extensive experience working with homeless LGBTQ+ youth in various shelter and transitional housing settings. Kate recognized the need for an independent, stand-alone organization that would offer long-term guidance and support to unhoused youth and help them navigate the complex shelter system in NYC. For more information on New Alternatives, please visit:

The Knicks are working to grow the Sweetwater Clifton “City Spirit” Award program throughout New York City’s five boroughs. To read more about Kate, and other past winners, please visit

About Madison Square Garden Sports Corp.
Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. (MSG Sports) (NYSE: MSGS) is a leading professional sports company, with a collection of assets that includes: the New York Knicks (NBA) and the New York Rangers (NHL); two development league teams – the Westchester Knicks (NBAGL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL); and esports teams through Counter Logic Gaming, a leading North American esports organization, and Knicks Gaming, an NBA 2K League franchise. MSG Sports also operates two professional sports team performance centers – the MSG Training Center in Greenburgh, NY and the CLG Performance Center in Los Angeles, CA. More information is available at

About The Clorox Company
The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) is a leading multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products with approximately 8,800 employees worldwide and fiscal year 2019 sales of $6.2 billion. Clorox markets some of the most trusted and recognized consumer brand names, including its namesake bleach and cleaning products; Pine-Sol® cleaners; Liquid-Plumr® clog removers; Poett® home care products; Fresh Step® cat litter; Glad® bags, wraps and containers; Kingsford® charcoal; Hidden Valley® dressings and sauces; Brita® water-filtration products; Burt’s Bees® natural personal care products; RenewLife® digestive health products; and Rainbow Light®, Natural Vitality™ and NeoCell® dietary supplements. The company also markets industry-leading products and technologies for professional customers, including those sold under the CloroxPro™ and Clorox Healthcare® brand names. Nearly 80% of the company’s sales are generated from brands that hold the No. 1 or No. 2 market share positions in their categories.

Clorox is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. The company has been broadly recognized for its corporate responsibility efforts, included on CR Magazine’s 2019 100 Best Corporate Citizens list, Barron’s 2020 100 Most Sustainable Companies, the Human Rights Campaign’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index and the 2019 Bloomberg Gender Equality Index, among others. In support of its communities, The Clorox Company and its foundations contributed about $12 million in combined cash grants, product donations and cause marketing in fiscal year 2019. For more information, visit, including the Good Growth blog, and follow the company on Twitter at @CloroxCo.

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