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Harlem Wizards to battle Monroe-Woodbury Dream Team in basketball game

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The Harlem Wizards "Rocket Unit" will take on Monroe-Woodbury Dream Team on April 6

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The Harlem Wizards "Rocket Unit" will take on Monroe-Woodbury Dream Team on April 6

Tess Scotto, Contributing Writer

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The Harlem Wizards basketball team will take on the Monroe-Woodbury Dream Team on Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at the high school for the 28th year in a row.

The Wizards game is held as a way to raise funds for school activities and different community organizations. The fundraiser is run by different clubs at the Monroe-Woodbury High School.

Monroe-Woodbury science teacher Ms. Flanagan organizes the basketball game with the help of the Athletic Club. Ms. Flanagan is an adviser for Interact, a club that is a ‘“service organization that is school and community-minded,” according to the district web page.

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“[The Wizards game] brings the community together,” said Ms. Flanagan. “[Younger] students love to see teachers play.”

Students play a large role in the game. They help with ticket sales, selling Wizard souvenirs, and monitoring the gymnasium. Teachers and staff from the district aren’t forgotten either. They make up the Dream Team, a squad of staff that is prepared to duel against the famed Wizards team. Some of the High School teachers that have signed up to battle the Wizards are Mr. Van De Weert and Mr. Schiff.

Veronica Woodley, a freshman at Monroe-Woodbury, attended a Wizards game five years ago when she was in the fourth grade. Woodley said she enjoyed the game when she went all those years ago.

The students at Monroe-Woodbury are not the only fans of this team.

RaShaan “Rocket” Barner, road manager and showman for the Harlem Wizards, loves the Wizards because “it’s a fun way the help organizations raise money and at the same time put smiles on the faces of the people who attend the games.” 

The Harlem Wizards were started by a man called Howie Davis in 1962.

Davis “had a vision of bringing entertainment to every community in the form of basketball,” said Barner, in an email. “Professional basketball players vs. local teachers was a slam dunk way to help raise money for the school district.”

Tickets are sold at $10 for students and $12 for adults in advance.They are also sold for $12 at the door for students and $14 for adults. Special seats available such as Reserved seating are $18 which give spectators access to close up seats that come with a free 13″ x 9″ poster. Court-side seats were available for purchase at $25, but are now sold out. Game tickets are available at all schools or online.

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