Harlem Wizards coming to Portage High School!
The world-famous Harlem Wizards will visit Portage High School on Thursday, Feb. 22 for an evening of basketball and fundraising. The Wizards will play against a team of Portage Township administrators, teachers, first responders, and community leaders. Proceeds will benefit the Portage Township Education Foundation (PTEF) and students of Portage Township schools.
The event will feature a variety of fun interactive extras to complement the Wizards’ dazzling demonstration of hoops artistry: Pregame “Wiz Kids” warm-up, contests, comedy, awesome slam dunks, audience participation, merchandise giveaways, and more. The game will conclude with the Wizards’ signature dance extravaganza that will have the crowd on their feet!
“Last year’s game was a great fundraiser for us, but it also provided a lot of fun for the community,” said Jamie Lewis, president of the PTEF. “We are thrilled to be able to bring the Wizards back to Portage.”
The PTEF strives to engage the Portage Township community in support of educational innovations that improve student achievement. For more information, visit their facebook page.
On game day, doors open at 6 p.m. and tip-off is at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit HarlemWizards.com. Tickets are also available at Portage Township Schools and the Portage Chamber of Commerce.
Tickets are priced as follows:
– Advance sales: Student Admission $8, General Admission $12 – At the door: $15
– Courtside Plus: $25
Courtside Plus ticket holders receive first or second row seating and a private meet-and-greet with selected Wizard players before the game. Only 50 Courtside Plus tickets are available.
Founded in 1962 by Howie Davis, the Wizards have played over 15,000 games throughout the U.S. and raised over $25 million for schools and charitable causes. The Wizards have also played in over 25 foreign countries on five continents.
The idea for the Wizards started in 1959, when legendary basketball showman Goose Tatum approached Davis to organize a tour for Goose’s “Harlem Stars.” The Stars had a short but successful run that opened Davis’ eyes to the enormous potential of “show” basketball. Three years later, he launched the Wizards.
The Wizards field four travelling squads which collectively will play over 500 games throughout the U.S. and abroad during the 2017-18 season. Through all the changes over the years, the team’s commitment to Davis’ original mission has remained constant: to deliver world-class family-friendly entertainment while raising money for great causes.