Manhasset students from Munsey Park and Shelter Rock elementary schools received a visit on Oct. 18 from Robert Young, a basketball player on the world-famous Harlem Wizards. The assembly program was brought to the district by the Manhasset Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA) and was welcomed with enthusiasm by the students.
Mr. Young spoke to classes in the Munsey Park and Shelter Rock auditoriums. He shared his background with the students, from growing up in the Bronx to playing basketball professionally in Puerto Rico and in Germany prior to joining the Harlem Wizards. Students and staff were invited onto the stage to showcase their basketball skills with Mr. Young. If they completed a trick correctly, they received a prize. This was met with cheers from the audience. One student from each assembly was also selected to be a Wiz Kid and received a Harlem Wizards jersey. Wiz Kids have the opportunity to warm up with the Harlem Wizards before a game.
During the high-energy assembly, the students learned that the Harlem Wizards will be coming to town to play against their teachers on Nov. 4 from 7-9 p.m. in the Manhasset Secondary School gymnasium. The game is proudly sponsored by CASA and is a fundraising event to support the community and school CASA programming. Mr. Young encouraged the students to get their teachers to sign up to participate in the exciting night.
—Submitted by Manhasset Public Schools