Photo: Emil Breitenbach Jr.

The Harlem Wizards Event Thursday night was a great success, Riverhead Central Faculty Association President Greg Wallace said today.

“We sold almost 800 tickets, so it was not quite a sellout but it was close,” Wallace said.

He said the event netted in excess of $15,000, which goes directly to students in scholarships.

“It’s nice because it’s the first fundraiser we’ve done since COVID,” Wallace said. Thanks to past Wizards events, the teachers union was able to spend $10,000 on Chromebook computers for students during the pandemic shutdown, he said, in addition to scholarships funded.

“It’s also nice because kids and the community get to see teachers in a different light,” he said.
RCFA fields a team to take the court against the Wizards, who perform a kind of basketball not typically seen on a high school basketball court — or any basketball court, for that matter. The Wizards’ on-court hijinks make for great family entertainment and the RCFA All Stars display good humor and great sportsmanship when they go up against the Wizards.

“It’s a nice positive event for us to get together — and for a great cause,” Wallace said.

“We were not victorious on the scoreboard but we were victorious on the evening, he said. “It’s just such a good time, too.”

RCFA has already booked the Wizards for a re-match next year, Wallace said. Save the date: Nov. 7, 2024.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Emil Breitenbach Jr.

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

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