Harlem Wizards coming to Keeseville

— The Harlem Wizards are coming to town, and Hulbert’s Heros have a thing to say about thes decades long winning streak they’re on.

The Wizards are playing a charity fund-raiser for the Keeseville Elementary School’s Family School Association. They’ll be playing Hulbert’s Heros, a pick-up team made up of teachers, principals, parents and high school students from Keeseville and Ausable schools. They are named after Keeseville Elementary Principal Kevin Hulbert.

As excited as he is about the game itself, it’s what the Wizards do off the court that has Hulbert equally as excited.

“The Harlem Wizards bring a few players to the school buildings the day of the game,” he explains. “They’re sending a positive message about being respectful, going to college, hard work, treating people well, and what it takes to be successful.”

Most of the Wizards, Hulbert says, have played basketball in college at the Division 1 level, some have played in the NBA and some have spent time on the Harlem Globetrotters.

The money raised will go to the Keeseville FSA, which is an extremely important part of the school. For the past five years the FSA has purchased all the back to school supplies for Keeseville students in the fall, and for three years has purchased yearbooks for elementary students.

“Not only does it help the parents, but it makes it so that the teachers have all the supplies that they want the students to have,” said Hulbert.

The game will be Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Middle and High School gym at Ausable Valley Central School. Tickets can be purchased in advance at any of the three school offices. Advance tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults. Tickets purchased the night of the game are $10 for students and $12 for adults.

“It’s going to be an entertaining night. I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can do to stop this team that has over a 2,000 game winning streak,” said Hulbert hopefully.

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