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Harlem Wizards return to Princeton High

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PRINCETON — The Harlem Wizards basketball team returns to Princeton Middle/High School on Friday, Feb. 15 at the Deacon Jones Gymnasium. The performance begins at 7 p.m.

Unlike most basketball teams, the Harlem Wizards are not primarily focused on winning games.

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.

Amy Zieverink, president of Princeton Middle/High PTA explained why the group, along with the Princeton Elementary PTA, is hosting the Wizards.

“The Harlem Wizards entertain the crowd by doing comical stunts, engaging with our local team and have even gone into the stands to grab spectators to join them on the court,” said Zieverink. “Online tickets sales are going great and we look forward to a great crowd.”

Zieverink said the proceeds are divided equally between the two schools.

“Last year, we raised $4,700. Much of the proceeds for the middle/high school was used for staff appreciation,” said Zieverink. “Princeton Elementary PTA used the funds for parent/teacher communication folders and classroom supplies.”

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.harlemwizards.com/schedule-tickets.

Advance tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults. At the door, students will pay $12 and adults $15. When purchased online, there are additional ticket options including reserved seating for $20 and courtside plus for $30.

Zieverink explained the parent-teacher association’s importance.

“The purpose of the PTA is to advocate for the education, health, safety and success of all children and youth while building strong families and communities. Parents are encouraged to join the local PTA to be a voice for their children at their locals schools,” said Zieverink. “This school year, between the two Princeton schools’ PTAs, we have over 150 members. Community leaders and businesses are a great resource for our local PTAs.

“Princeton community leaders and businesses have supported both schools throughout the years by providing donations and support to our local schools. We are grateful to have this support from our community.”