June 3, 2023

Harlem Wizards make a stop in EU

More than 50 years of worldwide basketball wizardry

If you can’t get enough of basketball in Eastern Utah with the Jazz, USU Eastern, Carbon High School and other leagues, watch the hilarious Harlem Wizards as they return to Price on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. in Utah State University Eastern. 

The Wizards games are always a celebration. The mission is awe-inspiring basketball events that are wildly successful.

There is nothing like the Wizard experience for families, schools and community. Proceeds from the event go to the Carbon School District lunch program. Funds are raised as a product of this memorable and inspiring event. The event is sponsored by AJB Broadcasting, KWSA Jackfm 100.1 and USU Eastern.

Tickets can be purchased at harlemwizards.thundertix.com and are $10 for students and $12 for adults. The online box office closes at midnight the night before the event. Some tickets will be available at the door. 

Started in 1962 by New York sports promoter Howie Davis, and now celebrating 58 years of Wizardry, he envisioned a show and organization that would put a different spin on show basketball. The Wizards are a show basketball entity delivering wildly successful fund raiser events for schools and nonprofits. Last season alone playing in over 450 communities across the USA, while raising more than $3 million for schools and non-profits.

What makes a Wizards show “awe-inspiring” or as the kids and teens say, “off the hizzle?”  Some say it’s the oohs and aahs created by the thunderous, sky-high slams. For others it’s the humor and seeing the teachers being good sports and having fun on the court with the Wizards. 

The comedy, the audience participation, the spontaneity delivered as a world-class show, in an intimate and community setting adds up to a night to be experienced and treasured.

The Wizards roster is full of amazing hoop talent. The Wizards have three units that crisscross the USA, with Eric “Broadway” Jones, and Dwayne “Swoop” Simpson, both former Globetrotter showmen, as well as the dynamic duo of David “DP” Paul and “King Arthur” Lewis a former Academic All-American at Bowie State University.

The star-studded, experienced roster includes Arnold “A-Train” Bernard, an accomplished trickster and a veteran of seven years with the Globetrotters. Add in James “The Roadrunner” Tyndal who is fast enough to dribble thru New York City traffic, and Devon “Livewire” Curry who led his team to become the FIBA 3-on-3 U.S. Championship.

The slams come at rapid fire pace in the Wizards show. The roster features Lemarvon “Showtime” Jackson, the Wizards training camp slam-dunk champion. 

Add in veteran Leon “Space Jam” Sewell along with rookie sensation Jordan “Flight” Southerland who both competed in the Sprite Slam Dunk contest during the 2015 NBA All-Star week in New York. Roscoe “Sarge” Johnson’s 360-backboard-shattering dunk in a Wizards’ game was shown on ESPN’s dunks of the week online and has had over a 100,000 views.

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