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Wizards work their hoops magic in the Creek

CCA foundation brings Harlem Wizards back for fundraiser
The Wizards played CCA faculty in a fundraiser for the CCA Foundation, and posed for group photos including this one with the family lucky enough to have their “golden ticket” drawn for a chance at a photo with the team. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

TIFFIN– Choreographed chaos reigned on the hardwood of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Monday, Oct. 7, as the Harlem Wizards professional basketball team played a benefit game against CCA teachers in support of the CCA Foundation.
New York sports promoter Howie Davis founded the Wizards in 1962 with an emphasis on raising money for nonprofit organizations. The team, with three traveling squads, played in over 450 communities last year, and raised in excess of $3 million. CCA’s Foundation was among the recipients last year, and the event was so well received, they invited the hilarious hoopsters back for a repeat performance this year, which was originally set for Saturday, Oct. 12. However, the University of Iowa Hawkeyes’ football game against Penn State became a night game, posing a serious challenge to the evening event. The Wizards agreed to adjust their schedule, leading to the Monday evening performance.
The Wizards: LaMarvon “Show Time” Jackson, Arthur “King Arthur” Lewis, Robert “Smooth” Young, TJ “Tomahawk” Stukes, Jordan “Hang Time” Hoose, and Jimmy “Live Action” Bosque, entertained the crowd throughout the two-hour event, with players dashing up into the bleachers, bringing kids out of the stands and onto the floor, and engaging the teachers (the “CCA All-Stars”) in impromptu skits while pulling off a 91-82 victory.
The CCA Foundation, a 501.(c)(3), was organized to maintain, develop, increase and extend the facilities of the Clear Creek Amana Community School District as well as to provide broader educational service opportunities to the students and staff. The Foundation inducted CCA alumni, former school board member, and current State Senator Kevin Kinney into its Hall of Fame Friday, Oct. 4, between the freshman/sophomore and varsity football games.
The Foundation can be contacted at ccafoundation@ccaschools.org.