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

SurfKY News

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Most Read This Week

May 27, 2015 7085

VIDEO: Sparks Fly Over Hanson Rezoning Issue

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 28, 2015 5780

Four Charged with Burglary for Entering Elderly…

by SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 4036

Can Sunscreen Save Your Life?

by Melissa Patrick
May 27, 2015 3952

Midnight Ride on Rabbit Ridge Ends in Jail

by SurfKY News
May 26, 2015 3364

Mandarin House Gearing Up to Open Soon

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 11086

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 8363

Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 29, 2015 1574

Hopkins County Grand Jury Indictments

by SurfKY News
May 29, 2015 1195

KSP Seeks Public Help in Locating Wanted Man

by SurfKY News
May 29, 2015 1129

Two Hopkins Countians to Receive MERR Scholarships

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 29, 2015 1024

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released - May…

by SurfKY News
May 29, 2015 878

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
May 29, 2015 615

Blessing of the Bikes

by SurfKY News
May 29, 2015 534

NCM Motorsports Park Breaks Ground on Holley…

by National Corvette Museum
May 29, 2015 494

Market Commentary - May 29, 2015

by Randall L. Franklin
May 29, 2015 476

Boyd Advances to Eugene in Close Call at NCAA…

by UK Athletics