Harlem Wizards exhibition comes to HMS

By on November 10, 2010

by Keith Beebe
Sugar Grove—Anyone interested in seeing a little bit of basketball wizardry and showmanship on the hardwood should check out the Harlem Wizards entertainment group’s exhibition against the Kaneland Dream Team on Thursday, Nov. 11, at Harter Middle School.

The friendly exhibition will be presented by the Kaneland John Shields PTO in order to promote positive character education and community service in honor of Veterans Day. And though you won’t find Jordan, Bird, Kobe, LeBron or Magic Johnson on this Dream Team, Kaneland’s squad will feature plenty of familiar faces from around District 302.

“We have created a Kaneland team from students, teachers and staff right here in our School District,” PTO member Laura Sigrist said. “All the schools (from District 302) are included and invited, (so it’s a) community and school-wide event.”

The Wizards will also be doing a little community interaction the day of the show by appearing in Veterans Day assemblies at every elementary and middle school in the district.

“The Harlem Wizards are very entertaining. They promote health and fitness as well as other positive messages for our young people,” Sigrist said. “This is a fun night out for families within our community. We were looking for some creative ways to raise money and have fun without selling stuff.”

Tickets for the exhibition are $10 for students and $12 for adults, and can be purchased at www.harlemwizards.com or at the door the evening of the event. The game starts at 7 p.m.

Proceeds from the exhibition will benefit academic and social programs at John Shields Elementary School, including a new audio system for the gym stage.

And what are the chances of this basketball exhibition becoming an annual event? It’s certainly not out of the question, according to Sigrist

“If this works out well and everyone has a good time, it could become an annual event. Or we could showcase other performances and invite or involve the entire school community,” she said.