Members of the Harlem Wizards along with NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor and WNBA Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman visited the Civic Memorial High gym earlier this month on December 7 to play a fun game of basketball against a team of school administrators, teachers, community leaders and community members. The game proceeds directly benefited the Bethalto School District athletes as tickets costed $5 for students in advance or $7 at the door, while general admission was $10 in advance and $12 at the door. There were a few special seats for reserve that were $15 a piece, with a limited 75 available. It was a very popular event, and many kids and their families were excited to see this match up, as the Wizards have played for than 15,000 games since their founding in 1962. During the night there was also a few contests, signature dance extravaganza, merchandise giveaways and some audience participation fun. Some of the “big names” to hit the court that evening were Connie Hawkins, Nate “Tiny” Archibald, Elvin Hayes, Hawthorne Wingo and Mario Elle.
Hawkins is originally from Brooklyn, New York and is known to be one of the top 50 NBA players of all time. Archibald is from the great New York City and spent 14 years in the NBA most notably with the Cincinnati Royals, Omaha Kings and Boston Celtics. Hayes is a retired NBA player from Rayville, LA and spent many of his playing years with the Houston Rockets. Wingo spent a decade in the NBA playing for a variety of teams including the Allentown Jets, New York Knicks, and two international teams, Pallacanestro Cantu and Superga Mestre. Elie grew up in New York City and played for 15 years with the Milwaukee Bucks, and has been coaching professional teams since 2003 after his retirement as a player.
This event in early December was a fun one for all the young and old basketball fans in New York, and it was a great opportunity to raise some funds for local sports athletes. Hopefully, the Wizards will return again for a rematch in the near future!
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