The Harlem Wizards hoops team is coming back to Chartiers Valley High School this month with tricks and acrobatic dunks that are sure to please the crowd.
The traveling basketball squad will play CV United on Nov. 14 with an entertaining crew of characters to raise money for the school district's PTG.
Lisa Rawson, the “Sales Wizard” for Pennsylvania, said the squad is different from the team that came to the area last year and is bringing “crazy dunkers” to this show. Their group is different from the Harlem Globetrotters because they play at high schools and the money goes to the local charity, she said.
“It’s in comedic style and an entertainment show basketball event,” Rawson said. “That’s where the similarities end. What makes these events so distinguishable, they are fundraisers for the home groups.”
The “Broadway Unit” includes a cast of characters, she said. There’s Broadway, who is the showman with the microphone; then there’s Mr. 540, who is the dunker; Roadrunner, who is a skilled ballhandler; A-Train, the funny man on the team; DP, who is the crowd pleaser; and Rocket, a HUGE Steelers fan.
The Wizards will meet with Chartiers Valley students the day of the game to clown around and show off their skills.
“There are a lot of things that make the events very personal and it starts with playing right in their backyard,” Rawson said.
Go to www.harlemwizards.com to purchase tickets or find more information about the team. Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. game can also be purchased at the gate, or you can contact Sherri Ferris at email@example.com for advance tickets.
Money raised from the basketball game with go to the PTG at the Primary School, Intermediate School and Middle School.