Avoca: Wizards to play charity game

Staff reports
The Harlem Wizards will play a charity hoops game at Avoca Central School on Feb. 1.

The Harlem Wizards will bring their high-flying dunks and fancy ball-handling skills to Avoca Central School on Feb. 1 for a charity basketball game.

The Wizards will face the Podunk Ponies, a collection of Avoca teachers, alumni and community members.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. in the Avoca gymnasium.

The Wizards, formed in New York City in 1962, are a show basketball team that travels the U.S., playing exhibition games that combine athleticism and basketball trickery with comedy routines.

The Wizards often get the audience involved, bringing fans out onto the court, and usually stick around after the game for photos and autographs.

The Podunk Ponies’ roster includes Scott Carroll, the Avoca Central School athletic director; as well as Avoca graduate Mike Stowe, who played on the Tigers’ 1989 state champion basketball team.

“I am really looking forward to being on the same court as some real top-notch basketball stars,” Carroll said. “Additionally, it all goes toward some great causes.”

The game is presented by the Avoca Student Council as a fundraiser for its the various charitable endeavors it supports.

“The student council is unique in that it is primarily a service organization,” said Avoca Principal Matthew Pfleegor. “They use money raised throughout the school year to make generous donations to charities such as Toys for Tots and to fund community events such as senior citizen luncheons.”

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets can contact the school at 566-2221, Ext. 235.