EAST LIVERPOOL - Interested in seeing some amazing basketball talent combined with hilarious comedy?
If the answer is yes, the opportunity to do so is tonight when a group of local "celebrities" take on the Harlem Wizards in an exhibition game of basketball.
It's set for 6:30 p.m. today at Potter Fieldhouse.
The Harlem Wizards will play a game tonight against a team of local 'celebrities' at 6:30 p.m. at Potter Filedhouse.
Why is this happening, you ask?
It's a fundraiser for our local Salvation Army - the final event in the 'Summer of Sharing" campaign, which started in June with a promise of matching funds from the Salvation Army's Divisional Headquarters in Cleveland.
The local campaign's goal is $32,000 toward the Salvation Army's regular programs, such as monthly food distribution and utility bill assistance. All money raised locally will be matched by the Cleveland office.
Nate Conley, East Liverpool High School's boys' basketball coach, will serve as coach of the local "SOS" squad, led by co-captains Bill Crawford (Team Mojo) and Jeremy Williams (Heritage-WTI).
Other locals participating include East Liverpool Mayor Jim Swoger, Kent State-East Liverpool Dean Stephen Nameth, and East Liverpool Service-Safety Director Ryan Estell.
Teachers and staff from area schools scheduled to participate include John Dawson (LaCroft), Breezy Nelson (LaCroft), Jaime Fredritz (North), Gregory Boerio (City Schools), Jen Ludwig (North) and Quinny Carter (ELMS)
Local students Nikayla Edgell and Owen Crawford, both representing ELHS, and Samantha Bishop and Zack Mick, both from Beaver Local, also are participating.
And rounding out the roster are Jerry Barnett (City Hospital), Justin Allen (YMCA), John Stoakes (Homer Laughlin China) and Jim Mackey (The Review).
The Harlem Wizards are celebrating their 50th year of putting on a basketball show for fans around the globe.
And they currently own the longest known winning streak in all of professional sports of more than 2,800 victories without a defeat.
The Wizards promise to wow young and old alike with magic-like tricks and ball-handling as well as wild dunks and humor guaranteed to make you laugh.
Rob Pratte of KDKA Radio is the announcer.
Tickets at the door are $12 for the theater-style blue seats of Potter Fieldhouse and $10 for bleachers.
As a special incentive on game night, those who bring a food item as a donation for the Salvation Army's food drive will receive a token gift in return.