SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The undefeated Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders boys’ varsity basketball team is doing more than winning basketball games. Saturday, the team hosted a large, successful clinic for special needs children at the Newmark School in Scotch Plains. 

The Raiders’ varsity team worked with the Wolves Basketball Academy to run the clinic. Wolves Basketball Academy, created by Jeff Mayerson of Scotch Plains, is a “basketball clinic for children with Autism and spectrum disorders in a fun and warm environment.” 

Led by head coach Steve Siracusa, the team conducted drills that taught the basics of basketball while adding a fun and happy atmosphere. Dribbling, shooting and running lessons were all taught by varsity players — and the kids enjoyed them very much. This is the second consecutive year the Raiders have hosted this clinic. 

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A percentage of revenue generated from the events goes towards autism-associated charities. 

The Raiders will return to the court on Tuesday, when they open up a five-game homestand by hosting Roselle in a huge divisional matchup. SP-F will also host Westfield on Thursday, and the Raiders are holding a pre-sale for tickets to the game as a sellout is expected.

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