The Harlem Wizards, a exibition-based traveling basketball team, will be in Lansing for school fundraiser Saturday.

Three Event Highlights:

1. Terrie Bruscino, the coordinator of the event for the Lansing Elementary School Parent Teacher Association, said the Harlem Wizards are a traveling basketball team founded in 1962 featuring “trick-hoops and alley oops.” During Saturday’s game against a Lansing Lions team made up of members of the community, she said the Wizards will likely get the crowd involved in the trick-filled showcase.

2. Bruscino said the community team will feature some experienced and some not-so-experienced players. The roster includes Lansing Educational Foundation President Tom Young, Lansing District Board Member Jeff Martin and former Lansing High School basketball standout and current University of Kansas rowing team member Abbey Lozenski. Local police officers, firefighters and other community members will also be donning jerseys.

3. The event is a fundraiser for the Lansing PTA and, through concession sales, the Lansing High School band. Bruscino also said the Wizards will visit both Lansing Elementary School and Middle School Friday for assemblies and to visit with students. Lansing Middle School cheerleaders will also pump up the crowd during the event itself.

Why you should attend:

Saturday’s event will mark the first time the LES PTA has brought the Harlem Wizards to town and Bruscino said the event is expected to be a memorable one.

“It’s as much an entertaining program as it is a basketball game,” she said.

With prize drawings throughout the game and a meet and greet with the Wizards afterward, she said the Wizards’ visit is a family-friendly way to help raise money for the Lansing schools.

“It’s going to be a blast,” she said.

About the event:

When: Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday with the game starting at 6 p.m.

Where: The gymnasium at Lansing High School, 220 Lion Lane

Tickets: $8 in advance for students and $10 for adults by visiting or at the front office at Lansing Elementary School; $10 at the door for students and $12 for adults.

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