Knicks, HUB International announce final ‘City Spirit’ award recipient

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Madison Square Garden handed out its final City Spirit award of the season to Eileen Torres, the executive director of BronxWorks.
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The New York Knicks and HUB International are proud to announce Eileen Torres as a recipient of the Sweetwater Clifton “City Spirit” Award. The award is named in honor of Basketball Hall-of-Famer Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, the first African American to play for the Knicks, and recognizes individuals who have made a significant difference in the lives of others through community involvement.

The Knicks and HUB International have made a $10,000 donation to BronxWorks as Eileen Torres’ charity of choice. As part of the program, the upcoming “Sweetwater” film, which tells the story of Clifton’s life and opens in theaters nationwide on April 14, provided a $5,000 donation, totaling $15,000 toward the BronxWorks organization.

Eileen Torres was presented with the award at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, March 29, by Knicks legend John Starks, Bronx Councilmember Rafael Salamanca Jr. and Michelle Quintana, enterprise project manager, HUB International. Everett Osborne, Jeremy Piven, and Cary Elwes who are starring in the upcoming film “Sweetwater,” also participated in the on-court presentation during the game.

Torres has been executive director of BronxWorks since May 2014. As the leader of the agency, she serves as the ultimate advocate for more than 60,000 residents of the Bronx that receive services from BronxWorks, as well as the nearly 1,000 employees across the organization. Torres has been with BronxWorks since 1995, starting in administrative roles, serving as admin counsel and general counsel, and stepping in as interim executive director/COO in 2013. Her education and background as an attorney have been invaluable in guiding BronxWorks with the highest standards of nonprofit governance.

BronxWorks helps individuals and families improve their economic and social well-being. From toddlers to seniors, the organization feeds, shelters, teaches and supports their neighbors to build a stronger Bronx community.

For more information about Bronxworks, visit For additional information and to make a nomination for the award, visit

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