Wizards work their magic at SEPTA fundraiser

Swoop from the Wizards introduces SEPTA President and organizer of the event Diane Michael to the crowd so she could thank all of the sponsors and community members who made the event possible.


            On April 3, Old Bridge’s “We Are One” All-Stars, a team consisting of administrators and faculty members from across the district, took on the Harlem Wizards in front of an electric crowd of over 1,200. The Special Education Parent Teacher Association organized the event with support from throughout the Old Bridge community.

            The event exceeded expectations and raised over $22,000 for SEPTA, “We are still compiling income from tickets sales, sponsorships, souvenirs, and concessions,” said SEPTA President and key organizer of the event Diane Michael.

            Although high school students didn’t get to play in the game, the festivities incorporated them in many ways. The Wizards’ announcer introduced the Play Unified basketball team to a great round of applause from the crowd. “It was very exciting to be introduced with the Unified basketball team,” said senior Victoria Krol.

            Another group of high school students stepped into the spotlight to sing the National Anthem. “Singing the National Anthem in front of such a big crowd like that was amazing! I sang the national anthem for football games in the booth. However, to be able to see everyone while singing was such an amazing experience!” said senior Taylor Williams.

Alec Alspach shares a moment with the Harlem Wizards defender as he brings the ball up the court.

            Even with a big crowd of kids and parents, the four members of the choir who performed did not get nervous. “It was amazing. I love performing for an audience and to sing the National Anthem for that many people was just amazing,” explained junior Mikayla Huff.

            Students loved to see the Harlem Wizards and the faculty perform. “The game provided some nice entertainment and excitement, and the faculty performance was pretty good going against the pros,” said sophomore Kenny Brown. “I had a good time at the game.”

            Students enjoyed seeing their teachers display their basketball skills on the court. “The energy in the gym felt great, and all the faculty members did an amazing job. Mrs. D’Amico’s 3’s we’re on point,” explained sophomore Camryn Smith

OBHS graduate and elementary physical education teacher Michael Caiazzo watches from the ground as yet another Wizard dunks.

            The organizer Diane Michael felt like the event was everything she expected and wanted. “We literally had no seats left. I was overwhelmed with so many emotions,” said Michael.  “Honestly, the event exceeded my expectations. I had the opportunity to watch every single person in that gymnasium laugh, sing, dance, play and unite for SEPTA and for the Old Bridge School District. It was inclusive of every single unique individual that makes Old Bridge amazing.”

Posted on 4/28/22

Photos by Tim O’Neill

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