PISCATAWAY, NJ – High energy music, cheers, and laughter filled the Susan B. Anthony Gym at Piscataway High School during Wednesday night’s Harlem Wizards vs. the P-Way All-Stars basketball game.
With player names such as A-Train, Showtime, Livewire, Space Jam, Loonatik, and Broadway, the Wizards took on the teachers and staff from Arbor, Eisenhower, Grandview and Knollwood Schools, also known as the P-Way All-Stars.
Members of the All-Stars rotated in and out of the game, and were often the targets of the Wizards’ practical ‘basketball’ jokes, drawing many laughs and cheers from the hundreds of families who watched them take half-court shots and perform high-flying dunks.
And some Wizard players climbed into the stands to dance with parents and to play games with young fans, while others dressed-up in lab coats and wigs, pretending to be a doctor to help an “injured” player and later a grandmother with basketball skills.
During time-outs and between quarters, children from around the school district joined the Wizards on the basketball court, competing in skills games trying to win Harlem Wizards souvenir basketballs, hats, headbands, water bottles and other prizes.
Although the All-Stars put up a good effort trying to score, the Wizards did win the game 80-75.
“This is the first time we’ve done a large fundraiser that included other schools,” said Michelle Haynes, co-president of the Arbor School PTO which sponsored the event. “We hope to have more like this to benefit everyone in the district.”
Proceeds from this year’s basketball game, tricky tray and raffles will go to support Arbor School’s 5th Grade class trip expenses.
The Harlem Wizards, a barnstorming ‘show basketball’ team first organized in 1962, specializes in community fundraiser experiences, performing for hundreds of schools across the country each year.
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