LEHMAN TWP. — High-powered fun will bounce into Lehman-Jackson Elementary School when the Harlem Wizards come to town March 7.
A basketball team similar to the Harlem Globetrotters, the Wizards will face off against the Black Knights, a basketball team comprised of teachers, staff and students from the Lake-Lehman School District.
The one-night event is a fundraiser to help the Back Mountain elementary school update its outdoor playground, said Christin Snyder, of the Lehman-Jackson Elementary School Parent Teachers Association.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the game will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Lake-Lehman High School on Old Route 115 in Lehman Township.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the event, Snyder said.
Opportunities for the public to purchase tickets will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Lehman-Jackson Elementary School PTA Bingo at the Jackson Township Fire Hall and noon to 2:30 p.m. March 6 in the Lake-Lehman High School lobby.
Concession-style food fare will be available for purchase along with a basket raffle. An autograph session with the Harlem Wizards will follow.
This is the third year the elementary school is partnering with the Wizards, Snyder said.
“It is really a lot of fun,” she said.
The Harlem Wizards will perform stunts, skits and interact with the audience, creating a fast-paced and highly energetic family night out, Snyder said.
“At one point, they (the Harlem Wizards) bring all the students down to the court to play Simon Says,” Snyder said. “They (the Harlem Wizards) will also hold an Instagram contest during the game.”
Last year, about 850 attendees came out for the event and Lehman-Jackson Parent Teacher Association raised “a little over $5,000” for the playground, Snyder said.
The Lehman-Jackson Elementary School playground, which consists of a set of money bars and swings, is in need of renovation.
“The current playground equipment dates back to the 1970s,” Snyder said.