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Dobbs Ferry Calls in Harlem Wizards for Fundraiser

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – To make fundraisers a little more exciting and interactive, the Dobbs Ferry Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) said it will bring the Harlem Wizards to town for an exhibition game.

“The only prerequisite is that you have a good sense of humor,” said Dobbs Ferry PTSA president Lisa Ferrara.  “It’s a game and a show.  They do a lot of stunts.”

Local parents, teachers and even administrators will also be taking part in the game, making up the Dobbs Ferry Dunkers, who will take on the Wizards on the court.

“We wanted a combination of teachers and administrators and parents,” Ferrara said.  “We were really happy this year that all of our administrators wanted to participate.”

The Wizards are described on their website as looking to “push the envelope on fun, combining pre-planned comedic acts with spontaneous humor.” The website said the players always stay until every autograph is signed after the game as well.

“They are very interactive with the audience, they get the kids involved,” Ferrara said.  “They really focus on doing a lot of smaller charity events and there are a lot of villages in this area that they go to.”

Tickets can be purchased for $12 online or for $15 at the door with proceeds going to the PTSA enrichment program.  Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday.  Ferrara encouraged local residents to get their tickets early to secure a seat.

“We have a capacity of 900,” she said.  “We sold out last year so we can’t promise there will be room.”

On the Wizards official website, team president Todd Davis said the organization is a different experience than the Harlem Globetrotters, which some have compared them to.

"While the Globetrotters are quite well known and many consider them synonymous with show basketball, they do not deliver the kind of connection, feeling, fun, community and excitement that the Wizards do,” he said on the website.

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