Crowder College will be hosting the Harlem Wizards, a nationally comprised basketball team that mixes star-studded talent with comedy, in a fundraising basketball game against the Southwest Missouri Aces, a team comprised of area community members, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Bob Sneller Gymnasium.
Proceeds from the game will help support the Lady ‘Riders basketball program. This will be the largest fundraiser of the season for the program, according to coach Tina Robbins.
“This is our big fundraiser for the year,” Robbins said. “We do several fundraisers throughout the year to supplement our budget so our kids can be in a first-class program.”
The Wizards have played in a fundraiser at Crowder before, but this will be the first time they’ve played to support the Crowder program.
The Wizards roster is a talented and entertaining one, highlighted by former Missouri State basketball player Arnold “A-Train” Bernard. A Wizard since 1999, the 5’6 New York native was an All-American for the Bears and a Globetrotter for seven years.
Other Wizards are: Dwayne “Swoop” Simpson, Leon “Space Jam” Sewell, TJ “Tomahawk” Stukes, “King” Arthur Lewis, Dexton “AirJamaica” Williamson, Lloyd “Loonatik” Clinton. Stukes, a former Pittsburg State Gorilla, is another Wizard with local ties. Kevin “DJ Swiv” Hall will be the announcer for the event.
Their competition for the evening will comprise of local coaches, teachers, Crowder employees and other community members. Those players are:
Kerri Roy — NHS volleyball coach and Carver Elementary; Jeremy Phillips — NHS wrestling and Carver/Benton Elementary; Ethan Hobbs and Sarah Sarley — Central Elementary; Cody Crocker and Rebekah Baslee — Goodman Elementary; Lee Woodward and Sara Hart — South Elementary; Tony Branscum, Chris Nelson and Jennifer Dillard — Neosho Middle School; Lance Robbins, Michael Daugherty, Tyler Chaney and Jason Horn — Neosho High School; Sarah Sonis — Freeman Southwest Family YMCA; Marty Rinehart — East Newton; Richard Davidson — Neosho Mayor/Marco Group; Mike Stauffer — Neosho School Board/Marco Group; Les Rainwater — Family Market; Misty Bond, Sharon Biggs, Jamie Stanley, Wade Williams, Cindy Brown, Caleb Powell — Crowder College; Alan Marble, coach — Crowder College.
The Wizards team will visit Neosho area schools throughout the day on Friday, Sept. 29. They will also be available to sign autographs for fans after the game on Saturday.
Fans can purchase advance tickets for the game at the Crowder College Bookstore or the Athletic office on the Neosho campus. Tickets are $8 for students and senior citizens, $10 general admission, or can be purchased at the door the night of the event for $10 and $12.
Lady ‘Riders coach Tina Robbins will host the event along with the rest of the team.
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For more information about the event, contact Coach Robbins at 455-5658.