WizardsandKids1MADISONVILLE, Ky. (5/10/14) - Exhibition basketball team the Harlem Wizards played against a team selected from the South Hopkins Fire Department firefighters and Hopkins County School teachers at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8 at Hopkins County Central High School.

The game was a fundraising event benefitting the South Hopkins Fire Department and the Hopkins County Schools Youth Services Center. About 1,200 people, mostly children and youth, attended.

The Wizards placed priority on audience engagement and participation,
calling all of the children present and some adults onto the court at
various points in the game.

"This is our second year hosting the Wizards," said Blake Vaughn, assistant chief of the South Hopkins Fire Department. "Originally,  I was looking into hosting the Harlem Globetrotters,  but I found the Wizards and thought that what they do was better for us. They bring the audience into it more and play against locals."

The sale of Wizards merchandise and a raffle supplemented the income for the fundraiser. Wizards players all remained on the court following the game to autograph the memorabilia and pose for photos.

The Wizards encouraged attendees to take to social media with their pictures and videos, using the hashtag #Slamtastic on Twitter and Instagram. They will offer prizes to the best pictures and videos from the game shared to Twitter,  Instagram, or their Facebook Page.

As for the experience of facing off against the Wizards, Vaughn said it was, "Fun, very challenging."

The final score was Wizards 89, SHFD 78, but as announcer "Big Show" Joe put it, "Folks, the score means nothing as long as you had fun tonight."

Ami Clayton

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