Harlem Wizards Take on Local Team at McDaniel College Feb. 2

The fundraiser will raise money for a a local boy who needs an assistance dog.

The Harlem Wizards will be coming to Westminster on Feb. 2 to dribble, shoot and dunk their way past a team of local players -- all to raise money for an assistance dog for a local boy.

Wendy Boag said she invited the Harlem Wizards to come play a game at McDaniel College as a way to raise money for her son's assistance dog.

"They are like the 'Harlem Globetrotters,' but on more of a community-type scale," Boag said. "They do all of the same types of tricks as the Globe Trotters, but are more interactive with the kids in the audience, like inviting them all onto the court for half time fun."

According to the fundraising website, www.buddyfund.net, assistance dogs can help children with disorders like anxiety, OCD, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder, to build confidence and function in social situations like other children their age.

A "home team" has been been put togther that includes Steve Byrnes, head coach of the Westminster Boys varsity basketball team and Mike Ninosky, head coach of the Westminster Girls varsity basketball team. Also on the team is Matt Laczkowski, a former Westminster High School basketball player who went on to play for the North Carolina Tarheels. He is now a local lawyer and basketball coach at Gerstell Academy.

The game will take place at McDaniel College at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Kids under 3 are free.

Visit www.buddyfund.net for more information.



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