WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (JANUARY 17, 2018) — Fifteen new players have joined the team of teachers, staff, principals and high school students who will take on the Harlem Wizards in a charity basketball event at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Williamsport Area High School.
The event — returning one last time to the Magic Dome — is a benefit game for the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation (WASDEF), the district’s nonprofit affiliate.
Led by Head Basketball Coach Allen Taylor and his assistant, David Michaels, principal of Curtin Intermediate School, the “Millionaire Magicians” are set to challenge the entertainment basketball squad known for its fancy teamwork and ball handling.
The district’s team of 21 is made up of the following (new players are marked with an asterisk):
• Josh Aarons, aide, Williamsport Area Middle School*
• Mike Alston, maintenance, Williamsport High School*
• Justin Beatty, teacher, Williamsport Area Middle School*
• Madison Bowman, student, Williamsport Area High School*
• Ashleigh Brass, teacher, Cochran Primary School*
• Bryce Britton, student, Williamsport Area High School*
• Nichole Burns, teacher, Williamsport Area High School*
• Dewey Dobbs, Friendship House, Curtin Intermediate School
• Kirk Felix, principal, Jackson Primary School
• Caleb Getty, intervention specialist, Lycoming Valley Intermediate School*
• Casey Murtagh, teacher, Jackson Primary School
• Nate Osokow, Friendship House, Lycoming Valley Intermediate School*
• Cameron Pardoe, student, Williamsport Area High School*
• Loren Perry, teacher, Williamsport Area High School*
• Jeremy Rall, behavior support aide, Stevens Primary School*
• Brandi Rogers, teacher, Cochran Primary School*
• Annie Rosenow, student, Williamsport Area High School
• Bruce Sacavage, teacher, Hepburn-Lycoming Primary School
• Dana Smith, teacher, Williamsport Area Middle School*
• Sara Watson, teacher, Williamsport Area Middle School
• Haley Whitford, student, Williamsport Area High School*
A new Harlem Wizards team promises a new show and new comedy, keeping the event fresh for the audience. A special basketball mini-showdown between fourth- and fifth-grade students from Curtin and Lycoming Valley Intermediate schools also is planned for the third period.
This year will mark the fifth and final time — at least for now — for the event that made its Magic Dome debut in 2014. Since then, it’s helped generate more than $43,000 for WASDEF, and has collectively entertained more than 7,500 people.
Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for general admission in advance; at the gate, tickets will sell for $8 for students and $11 for general admission. Children age 2 and younger are free.
Tickets are available at the following locations: Community Arts Center Box Office, 220 West Fourth St.; Robert M. Sides Family Music Center, 201 Mulberry St..; and the Genetti Hotel, 200 West Fourth St., an event sponsor.
Tickets also are available for purchase online at www.wasd.org/foundation.
The WASD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the educational experience for students.