The Riverhead High School gym was packed for the sellout show by the Harlem Wizards as they took on the Riverhead Central Faculty Association in 2016. Photo: George Faella

After a three-year hiatus, the Harlem Wizards are returning to Riverhead High School this November.

Beginning in 2013, the Riverhead Central Faculty Association has run a community-sponsored event where the razzle-dazzle basketball team awes all-ages audiences with their trickshots, fancy footwork and signature lighthearted style.

The Wizards will take the court on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., when they face the Riverhead teachers and staff. (Doors open at 6.)

Through ticket sales and sponsorships from community members and organizations, the Harlem Wizards event has raised almost $85,000, according to an RCFA press release.

All proceeds from the event go directly to Riverhead students, the RCFA said.

Student benefits manifest mostly in the form of scholarships. The RCFA has given out 44 scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 to deserving seniors, with the money to do so coming directly from the Harlem Wizards events. In addition to scholarships, $10,000 from the proceeds of this event was used to purchase Chromebooks for students at the onset of COVID.

Tickets for various tiers and prices are now available on the Harlem Wizards’ website. General admission is $15.

The RCFA is still seeking event sponsors. Any person or organization interested in becoming a sponsor should send an email to:

Editor’s note: RiverheadLOCAL is the media sponsor of this event.

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Quint Nigro was born and raised in Riverhead, and is a 2023 graduate from College of the Atlantic. His background is in journalism and political science. When he isn't writing for work, he's writing for fun.