October 26, 2014

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Harlem Wizards event raises $10K for levy campaign

Mark Valentino, language teacher at A.I. Root Middle School, attempts to take the ball from James Tyndal (4) of the Harlem Wizards at Medina High School’s fundraiser game Tuesday night. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KRISTIN BAUER)

The Marvelous Medinamos lost — no great surprise there — to the Harlem Wizards on Tuesday night.

John Leatherman, president of the Medina teachers' association, passes the ball past Harlem Wizard James Tyndal (4) at Medina High School's fundraiser event on Tuesday evening, Sept. 17. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KRISTIN BAUER)

But the group of Medina school teachers, students and community leaders put up a good fight and can console themselves with the more than $10,000 they helped raise for the school levy campaign.

The game’s final score of 82-75 wasn’t as close as it looks. The Wizards, an exhibition basketball team similar to the Harlem Globetrotters who entertain audiences with tricks, comedy and dance routines, gave the Medinamos an extra 10 points at halftime.

This is the third year the Wizards have come to Medina to help raise money for a school levy campaign.

Anthony Stacey, Medina boys varsity basketball coach, led the Medinamos.

He said he had this advice for the team ahead of the game: “Nobody get hurt, because everybody has to go to work tomorrow.”

School board member Tom Cahalan said he was lucky to score two points.

“I loved being a spectator while playing,” he said.

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said he could have played better.

“I should have practiced more,” he said. “They gave me two free throws. I missed them both.”

The game was a fundraiser for Kids First Medina, the organization campaigning for the 5.9-mill levy on November’s ballot.

Brigid Turrittin, Kids First co-chairwoman, said the group sold approximately 900 tickets. She said a donor, who wished to remain anonymous, offered to match up to $5,000 of money collected during halftime. The halftime collection raised $400 from the crowd.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.