The Westfield Neighborhood Council (WNC) will launch its First Annual Community Unity Charity Basketball Game on Saturday, April 22, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Roosevelt Intermediate School. The game will be a match-up between members of the WNC (“Team Westfield”) against Momentum Prep, an elite youth sports programs in Rahway, NJ.

Following the game, families will have the special opportunity to meet WNC’s very own president Tamecka Dixon, a retired WNBA All-Star, and Horace Jenkins, a former Detroit Piston, at an autograph signing session.

“Since Westfield is such a great sports town, we thought we could inspire kids by introducing them to real professional athletes,” said Dixon. “It’s the perfect way to bring our town together to support the WNC, a vital resource to our community that provides educational and recreational services to children, adults and seniors.”

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Tamecka joined the Los Angeles Sparks in 1997, the inaugural season of the WNBA. As a rookie, she ranked in the Top 10 in field goal percentage, three-point percentage and steals, and went on to play in the WNBA for 12 years. She was recruited from Linden High School to play for University of Kansas in 1993.  During her senior year, Kansas was crowned Big 12 champions and Tamecka was named conference’s Player of the Year and an All-American.

At the Community Unity Basketball game, Tamecka will be joined by Horace Jenkins. Horace, who born and raised in Elizabeth, played for the Detroit Pistons during their 2004/2005 season when the team went to the NBA Finals. He has also played professionally in Italy and Israel.

In addition to the special autograph signing session, the event will feature music by DJ Nix in the Mix, t-shirts, games (including 50/50) and refreshments. Donations are $12 for Adults and $8 for Children. Kids 5-years old and under are free. All proceeds will support Westfield Neighborhood Council.

Tickets are available at Avis Rental Car (See Tamecka Dixon) or via www.wnccommunityunitygame.eventbrite.com.

The Westfield Neighborhood Council is a private, non-profit community based social service organization whose mission is to empower all members - children, youth and adults - of the community through quality educational and direct hands-on outreach as people strive with pride to reach their full human potential.