LaGrange, Ga., October 3, 2017 – Last night, the World Famous Harlem Wizards added some trick hoops and alley ‘OOPS’ to the evening as Franklin Forest Elementary and Ethel W. Kight Elementary hosted a joint basketball game fundraiser for technology, flexible seating in classrooms, and other student centered activities against the show team.
Before the big game, players visited the elementary schools to introduce themselves, raise awareness about the community fundraiser, and show the excited students some basketball tricks. For example, while player Big J. was at Ethel W. Kight, it was not difficult for him to gain the respect of the students as he showed them his size 18 shoe. In addition, he took volunteers to help him spin the basketball on a ballpoint pin.
The event was held at the LaGrange High School gymnasium. A faculty team mixed with staff from both schools and one central office employee played six members of The Swoop Team from the Wizards. As the disc jockey played music while the players traveled up and down the court, they mixed in some fun and games to entertain and engage the crowd.
According to head player, Swoop, “Last year, The Wizards helped raise over $3M for organizations like PTO’s, Booster Clubs, and other educational foundations. Our ultimate goal is to have fun and raise funds,” he stated to the crowd in the packed bleachers.
The Wiz Kids, a group of students who sat courtside wearing Harlem Wizards jerseys, joined the team on court before the game and at halftime. The local team rallied early on to lead the Wizards 21-12, but the final score tallied, with the Wizards easily advancing past Troup County School System staff, 74-54.
Before the buzzer signified the end of the game and evening, all students were invited onto the court to dance with the Harlem Wizards players.
About Troup County School System Troup County School System is an accredited educational system with over 11,900 students in grades K-12. TCSS does offer a free Pre-K program at each elementary school. The system is comprised of eleven elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, one college and career academy, and one alternative learning center. Students within the school system are taught a rigorous and relevant curriculum that helps them make college and career choices beyond graduation and succeed in life. The system 2017 graduation rate rose 6.6 percentage points in three years to 78.0 percent. To learn more about Troup County School System, visit troup.org and the Troup County School System Facebook page.