Arts & Entertainment

Harlem Wizards Serve Up Slam Dunks and Fun at Spotswood High School

Graham Peabody prepares to take the opening jump ball in last night's Harlem Wizard game against an All-Star team of Spotswood teachers. Credits: Dawn Miller
Spotswood teachers, Lauren Siwiak, Megan Curto, Stephanie Weisslitz, Jill Hetzler and Jackie Martinez watch in amusement as the Wizard players tend to an 'injury.' Credits: Dawn Miller
The Harlem Wizards served up their unique brand of basketball at Spotswood High School. Credits: Dawn Miller
Credits: Dawn Miller

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Harlem Wizards took the court at the Spotswood High School Gymnasium on Saturday, November 5 for their annual all-star matchup against the Spotswood Schoolers. The Schoolers were comprised of teachers from each of the Spotswood School District's four school. Fans turned out for the always popular event which was sponsored by the Spotswood PTA. All of the proceeds from the game will go to benefit the PTA, which organizes numerous events all year long for the district's students, including ice cream socials, book fairs and drop off dance parities.

The Harlem Wizards have been bringing their special brand of basketball tricks and humor to fans for more than 50 years. They began their slam dunk basketball and comedy show in 1962. It was the brainchild of New York sports promoter, Howie Davis. The Wizards bring together basketball showmanship, comedy and audience participation to give people a noteworthy night of entertainment.

This was certainly true last night as families marveled at the slam dunks and basketball skills all while cheering on their favorite teachers. The game started off with Jennifer Asprocolas preparing to take the jump ball with a six-foot plus Harlem Wizard player. He was replaced with a shorter player who turned around expecting to find Asprocolas, but was greeted instead by a much taller player in Graham Peabody. Peabody is the district's assistant superintendent who is also the new principal of the Memorial Middle School.

The scoreboard didn't matter as the kids squealed in delight when their teachers made baskets and when the Wizards landed some impressive slam dunks that gave the basketball net a beating. Even parents got involved as audience members were pulled onto the floor for some halftime fun, which included trick shots. All of the students attending from pre-school through high school came out on the court for the end to do the Harlem Shuffle before being able to line up to get autographs from their favorite Wizard players. It was a fun way to end an entertaining evening that is always a crowd pleaser.

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