ROSELLE PARK–What do a father of a newborn son, an architectural design teacher and a Girl Scout leader have in common?
They are members of the Roselle Park All-Stars team who will be playing a friendly game of basketball against the Harlem Wizards on Oct. 23. This highly anticipated, community-wide event, hosted by the Roselle Park High School PTSA, will take place at Roselle Park High School, 185 West Webster Avenue, and promises an evening that’s nothing less than amazing.
Other participants on the Roselle Park All Stars include Borough Council members, staff from the Roselle Park school district, members of the Board of Directors from the Roselle Park Youth Baseball and Softball League, Pop Warner Football, the RPHS band parents.
At a Wizards game, fans will witness amazing basketball talent combined with hilarious comedy. It’s two hours of family time where parents, grandparents, and kids can all laugh together. When you’re in the stands, you’re more than a spectator; you’re part of the show with loads of audience participation. Throughout the game, fans will experience a magical display of tricks, coordinated ball handling, fancy passing and aerodynamic athleticism combined with high-energy comedy and audience interaction.
The Wizards experience extends beyond the game, as players often visit local schools prior to the game. These visits create special memories for the students, since they have a chance to interact with the Wizards and check out their showmanship and ball-handling Wizardry up close. During these visits, the players share the dynamics of being a Wizard, which includes healthy eating, fitness, teamwork, sportsmanship, and other character themes.
The theme for this season is the “Basketball and Beyond Tour.” The tricks that other teams wouldn’t dare try, the Wizards will execute. The slam dunk that the Wizards player shouldn’t even think of doing, they will do with authority.
Dwayne “Swoop” Simpson, one of the Wizards player-coaches who loves to create and innovate said, “We had a big task, which was to remake the show. The show is entirely revamped and funnier than ever.”
Eric “Broadway” Jones, a Wizards player-coach for the past 10 years, aims to create a whole new perception of what is possible on the court. He put it simplest when he said, “I want the crowd to be wowed and in disbelief of what they have seen.”
While these players are all impressive athletes and exceptional entertainers, they all are passionate about serving as positive role models for children. The Wizards are also promoting exercise and nutrition to children and families across the world. Todd Davis, the Wizards President said “We are hopeful that beyond the fun, that the Wizards special relationship with kids and teens can contribute to a change in how they eat.”
Tickets for the game on Oct. 23 are available now for $10 for students and senior citizens, and $12 for general admission. To get your tickets, visit the online box office at www.harlemwizards.com and click on “Tickets/ Schedule” to purchase your tickets with a credit card. To pay by check or with cash, stop by the Roselle Park High School office during school hours, or after 4 p.m. contact Colleen Billek at 1-908-361-8850. If available, tickets will be sold at the door for $12 for students and senior citizens and $15 for general admission.
Proceeds for this event will go to the Roselle Park High School PTSA Scholarship Fund.
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