A high-flying, slam-dunking, rim-rattling basketball show is coming to town!
The Harlem Wizards will visit Tuesday, Oct. 9 for a game at Amherst Steele High School to raise money for playground enhancements at the new Powers Elementary School.
At 6:30 p.m., they’ll take on The Powerful Comets! — a team of local teachers, administrators, students, and community members — and you’re invited to see the fun unfold.
The event will feature a pregame “Wiz Kids” warm-up, contests, comedy, slam dunks, audience participation, merchandise giveaways, and more. It will end with the Wizards’ signature dance extravaganza.
“We are delighted to host the Wizards,” said Darcie Parsons, Powers PTO fundraiser coordinator. “They are superb showmen who deliver fantastic all-ages entertainment for a great cause.”
Tickets are $12 in advance at www.harlemwizards.com or by calling Parsons at 440-667-5202; or $15 at the door.
Founded in 1962, the Wizards have played more than 15,000 games throughout the U.S., raising in excess of $25 million for schools and charitable causes.
Harlem has given rise to a few celebrity teams such as the Globetrotters and Stars. The latter opened New York sports promoter Howie Davis’ eyes to the potential of “show” basketball in 1959 — three years later, he launched the Wizards.
A champion of racial equality, he viewed the Wizards as a vehicle to provide economic opportunity to African-Americans.
Today, Davis’ son and grandson run the operation but the mission of raising money for great causes has remained the same.