Northside Thoroughbreds Take On Harlem Wizards
Northside Elementary’s PTO wanted to come up with a creative idea for its spring fundraiser. Knowing most parents dread the day when the catalogs come home for their kids, (read: parents), to ask neighbors and friends to buy something they don’t really need, Ashlee Denington, PTO President, pitched the idea of bringing in the Harlem Wizards to play a basketball game against a comprised Northside team on Thursday, April 30 at Woodford County High School's gymnasium.
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Formed in 1962, the Wizards have played over 6,000 games all over the world entertaining fans with their “trick hoopz and alley oops” while raising millions of dollars for charities and non-profits. Their players hold such titles as College All-American and Player of the Year among others.
Northside chose to involve the whole community by choosing local celebrities and VIPs for their team in addition to school faculty, staff, and parents. Six teachers volunteered to be cheerleaders and delighted the fans with their coordinated outfits, throw-back knee socks, and pompons. Their half-time pyramid brought plenty of cheers and giggles from their students. Throughout the weeks leading up to the game, Northside students earned raffle tickets for the chance to be a ball boy or girl, to sit on the teams’ bench, or for a half-court shot contest during half-time.
Final game score was Wizards 111, Northside 96, but the Northside PTO feels they were the big winners. The event was a fundraising success, families were offered a night of entertainment to enjoy together, and faculty, parents, and students all worked as a team to make it happen. “The comments that we are receiving for the Wizards have been VERY positive!”, said Denington. “I'm thrilled with how well things went and with the early estimate on our profit.” Northside Principal Ryan Asher agreed saying, “It was a fantastic event and it seemed everyone enjoyed it.”
Wizards' Jump Man shows off his dunking skills.
Northside teachers served as cheerleaders for the game. Bottom row from left: Dara Hanrahan, fifth grade; Judy Sherrill, first grade; Shelby Ison, fourth grade. Middle row: Danita DalCin, third grade; Melinda Caldwell, third grade. Top: Melissa Duncan, second grade.
Northside student Jessica Ramirez won a Wizards souvenir ball during the half-court shot contest.
Northside Principal Ryan Asher guards the Wizards' A-Train.
Wizards players A-Train, left, and Broadway, right play a game of keep-away with Woodford County Officer Ricky Vaught.
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