The Harlem Wizards recently played a sold-out show at Churchville-Chili Middle School that raised $6,400 for the student council.
The basketball game featured a rivalry between the Wizards and C-C Hoop Stars, the home team of administrators, staff and teachers. Also on the court were members of the High School’s Unified Basketball team.
The Harlem Wizards presented a mind-bending display of hoops expertise, sometimes at the expense of the Hoop Stars as they did their best against the overwhelming odds.
The student council works to build school spirit and develop leadership skills. Members plan and organize monthly activities and special events for their peers.
“The support from the Churchville-Chili community was enormous,” said Lori Orologio, district superintendent and captain of the Hoop Stars. “It was great to see so many families, neighbors and friends come out for an evening of fun together. The folks in our district are champions for our young people. They are extraordinary partners for us in everything we do in our schools.”
Two Harlem Wizards ambassadors visited the middle school earlier that day for character-building assemblies. Sarge (Roscoe Johnson) and Road Runner (James Tyndal) entertained, educated and excited the crowds.
“We’re busy all the time, always moving,” said Johnson, a six-year veteran of the Wizards. “We travel everywhere, every night. It’s crazy sometimes, but I really do it for the kids. Working with young people is what makes my job fun.”
Founded in 1962 with the goal of creating show basketball better than the Harlem Globetrotters, the Wizards have played all 50 states and more than 25 countries. It has raised over $25 million for schools and nonprofits.
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