High Flying Dunks, Dancing, & Hilarious Comedy For All Ages
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
The Harlem Wizards left everyone smiling at the end of their amazing basketball show last night at Edmonson County High School after defeating the "Cave Robbers," (a team made up of school teachers and personnel).
The event was a fundraiser for South Edmonson Elementary that included some form of family entertainment for everyone in the gym. Hilarious comedy, amazing athletic skill, and kid interaction enjoyed by all that was second to none.
SEES Principal Jamie Woosley said that while he wished the show would've been sold out, the large crowd in attendance enjoyed the event, money was raised for the school, and kids enjoyed a positive experience.
"This was a great show here tonight," he said. "One of the players came to South today and spoke to the kids about all sorts of positive things. They absolutely loved it. Another traveled to Kyrock and spoke there. This team is doing special things for our kids and we appreciate it. We hope they can come back next year."
Team member Arthur Lewis, Jr., better known as "King Arthur," said it's all about bringing positivity to communities across the country.
"When we see the smiles on these kids' faces, and their parents, too, that's why we do this," He said.
Originally from Baltimore, he is in his ninth season with the Wizards, who travel nine months out of the year.
"We just want to bring something positive everywhere we go and it doesn't matter where. No matter how big or little you are, no matter the color of your skin, whatever differences we have, we can still be kind to each other and love life."
King Arthur said he hopes the Wizards can return to Brownsville next year and draw an even bigger crowd. He is also the author of a children's book that is now available by clicking here.
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Amber Webb, Vice President of South Edmonson PTO said they were well pleased with the turnout and the money raised at the event. She said the reaction from those in attendance was so overwhelming that an effort to bring back the Wizards next year is already in place.
The show was non-stop entertainment and crowd interacting from the first tip until the game ended with all the kids in the gym joining the team at center court with everyone counting down the final five seconds together as confetti cannons shot streamers all over the court.
Editor's note: We often hear and read comments from our readers that say something along the lines of "there's nothing for people to do here," or "my kids have to go somewhere else for fun." This is the exact type of entertainment that can be enjoyed by everyone, whether you like basketball or not. These types of events need support from all of us, especially the ones that benefit our schools and children. Several members of the Wizards spoke with me and thanked US, Edmonson County, for hosting them and allowing them to perform for US. The Edmonson Voice certainly appreciates the effort from the entire Wizards staff, all school volunteers, and all the sponsors that made the event possible. We hope the Wizards return and the crowd is doubled in the future. -Darren Doyle