The Midlothian High School Athletic Department, in coordination with the Harlem Wizards, will host a one-day tournament featuring teachers and community members at 6 p.m. Saturday at MHS Arena.
This is our 2016 basketball kickoff event and the Wizards will be in town on Friday to visit local Midlothian elementary schools and Frank Seale Middle School," said Steve Middleton, the head basketball coach at Midlothian High School. The MHS Basketball Booster Club organized and coordinated with sponsors to build the event as a fundraiser. The Wizards will scrimmage against the Midlothian teachers, coaches and community leaders and cheerleaders, dance team, Pantherettes and band members will perform."
The Harlem Wizards, an offshoot of the more well-known Harlem Globetrotters, are one of three show basketball teams — along with the Ambassadors and Globetrotters — left in the country.
The organization's history goes back to 1962 when it was created by sports promoter Howie Davis. Unlike most basketball teams, the Wizards are not primarily focused on winning matches.
Instead, their aim is to entertain the crowd using a variety of basketball tricks and alley oops. They perform fundraisers at local schools for the students and the rest of the community, displaying their fancy trickery through dribbling, passing, shooting, and dunking. Through these fundraisers, they have raised millions of dollars for charitable organizations, schools, and foundations across the world.
Advance tickets, which can be purchased at www.harlemwizards.com, a $10 for student and general admission. If purchased at the door, the price for both raises to $12.
Reserved seating for $15 and $17 is also available as well as courtside plus seating for $35.
"We are raising money for the boys basketball program," Middleton said. "The proceeds will fun purchases for uniforms, shoes, backpacks, etc. The Harlem Globetrotters have been around since the 1950s, with names like Curly Neal, Meadowlark Lemon, Geese Ausbie entertaining fans through acrobatic and fun basketball. We really hope the city of Midlothian can come out and enjoy some fun live entertainment that helps the student-athletes at MISD."