The Harlem Wizards will face an All-Star team of local dignitaries when they bring their brand of "show basketball" to Reynoldsburg High School on April 14.

The Harlem Wizards will face an All-Star team of local dignitaries when they bring their brand of "show basketball" to Reynoldsburg High School on April 14.

The 7 p.m. event is a fundraiser for the Reynoldsburg-Pickerington Rotary Club.

Rotary Club president-elect Barth Cotner said some of the recruits for the All Star team include Reynoldsburg Mayor Brad McCloud, state Rep. Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville) and Messiah Lutheran Church pastor Karl Hanf. The team will be coached by Reynoldsburg schools Superintendent Steve Dackin.

"I was really looking at finding something we could open up to a whole new group of people," Cotner said. "It started out as a fundraiser, then I thought this will be so much more than that. It will be just a fun great event.

"It's really an opportunity to provide something different that is local for families to come to and have a good, fun, night out in the community," he said.

According to a press release, the Harlem Wizards were created in 1962 by New York sports promoter Howie Davis in an effort to compete against the Harlem Globetrotters.

Cotner said the team travels the world to play against opponents while showing off basketball talent combined with comedy and trickery.

Throughout the game, fans see coordinated ball handling, fancy passing and aerodynamic athleticism, combined with high-energy comedy with audience interaction.

Cotner said besides entertaining audiences wherever they go, the Wizards are known for helping raise money for various community organizations. He said he came up with the idea to bring them to Reynoldsburg as an alternative to the usual silent auction and golf outing fundraisers the Rotary Club holds each year.

In addition, Cotner said, on the day of the game, Wizard players will visit Reynoldsburg and Pickerington schools to talk about what goes into being a team member, including healthy eating, fitness, teamwork, sportsmanship and other character themes.

"It's going to be fun," Dackin said of the April 14 game. "This is a hard one for me because I'm competitive by nature, but I do think they have an awful lot of talent. We're going to assemble some of Reynoldsburg's finest to go out and compete.

"A lot of coaches face that dilemma - going into a game knowing the odds are against them, but this is about having a good time, providing some entertainment to kids and citizens," he said. "The Rotary has always been an organization that has done great things for both Pickerington and Reynoldsburg, so when we were approached and asked to fill the team, I said, 'yeah, that's a no-brainer.'"

Cotner said the Wizards receive 50 percent of the ticket sales. The remaining proceeds will go to support the Rotary Club's services to Reynoldsburg and Pickerington residents.

"What's great about this is, it's local. The Wizards stay after the game to give anyone an autograph that wants one or take a picture with one of the guys," Cotner said.

Concessions sponsored by the Reynoldsburg Raider football boosters will also be available for sale during the game, as will Wizard memorabilia, he said.

Cotner said tickets are now on sale for $8 for students and senior citizens, $10 for general admission. Tickets sold at the door the night of the game will cost $12 for general admission, $10 for students and senior citizens.

Anyone interested in ordering tickets or becoming a sponsor can call Cotner at (614) 203-6046 or email Cotner57@aol.com.