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Harlem Wizards return April 8 for fundraising game

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The Harlem Wizards will return to Reynoldsburg in April to play a fourth annual fundraising series against the Community All Stars, a team of city and school district representatives.

Sponsored by the Reynoldsburg-Pickerington Rotary Club, the fundraiser consists of two exhibition games -- one at Reynoldsburg High School and one at Pickerington High School North.

Rotary member and Reynoldsburg City Councilman Barth Cotner said the fun and family-friendly events pit the Community All Stars against the Harlem Wizards, a professional exhibition team that helps promote healthy eating, fitness, teamwork and sportsmanship at schools all over the country.

The Community All Stars team will include Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Director Joe Brown and Mayor Brad McCloud.

"Last year, we had over one thousand people at the game and got nothing but great feedback from all involved," Cotner said.

The games are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Reynoldsburg High School's Summit Campus, 8579 Summit Road, and at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Pickerington High School North, 7800 Refugee Road.

Tickets cost $8 each for students and $10 for adults in advance or $10 for students and $12 for adults at the door.

Tickets may be obtained by emailing Cotner at cotner57@aol.com.

Cotner said the Rotary Club's motto is "Service Above Self," and members seek to make a difference in the community and at an international level.

Community projects funded by the Rotary Club include scholarships for graduating high school seniors in Reynoldsburg and Pickerington, Christmas gifts for needy teens and donations to local food banks, among others.

Club-supported international projects include Polio Plus to aid overseas polio victims, literacy projects in Argentina and Senegal, a clean-water project in Panama and a shelter box for earthquake victims in Pakistan.

"We hope families will come to see their city dignitaries and school officials play the Wizards," Cotner said.

The Harlem Wizards will visit a number of Reynoldsburg schools for assemblies the week before the game to talk about teamwork and making good choices.

Cotner said the high-energy basketball action is fun to watch, as the Wizards keep the crowd laughing, combining basketball tricks with jokes and good-humored jabs at the All Stars.

"It's a fun game for everyone," he said.

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