BYFIELD — The Harlem Wizards will have to deal with a group of hungry Triton Regional School District teachers and administrators when they come to town later this month.
Liz Sforza, the president of the Newbury Elementary School PTA, said the show basketball team is coming to the Triton Regional High School auditorium for a special fundraising game Oct. 19. They will play the Triton All-Stars at 6 p.m.
School Superintendent Brian Forget will be hitting the court for the Triton All-Stars along with Newbury Elementary School Principal Beth Yando, Salisbury Elementary School Principal James Montanari and Triton Regional High School Principal Patrick Kelley.
"It might not be good-looking basketball but it will be entertaining," Forget said.
Triton special education director David Magee is expected to hit the court as well and a number of teachers from the district's five schools are also expected to play.
"We have about 25 players from the Triton district," Sforza said. "They will be playing the Harlem Wizards in a full-court, very fun and entertaining game."
Sforza recently attended a fundraising event that featured the Harlem Wizards and said she just had to have them come to Byfield.
"The Harlem Wizards just made it so fun," Sforza said. "My kids loved it. We just had an all-around great time."
Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward starting an adaptive sports league for district students with disabilities.
"An adaptive sports league is something where the entire league are students with disabilities, similar to the Special Olympics, but it is run more through a youth sports network rather than something larger," Forget said.
Sforza said the adaptive sports league is still in development and is intended to be used by students from preschool to high school.
"We are a very big district and we certainly have the need for it," Sforza said. “If your child can benefit from this athletic program, your child will be welcomed into it.”
Although Forget played football, golf and ran track in high school, the superintendent said he is "a pickup game basketball player at the absolute best.”
"I am joining this opportunity with equal parts excitement and trepidation," Forget said. "My goal is to go straight home that night and not make a trip to the hospital along the way.”
Sforza said she hopes to see roughly 700 spectators at the game.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://newburypta.com.
General admission tickets are $17, reserved seating is $25 and courtside seats are $40. Tickets will also be available at the door for $20.
"That is if the tickets aren't sold out by then," Sforza said.
Staff writer Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.
"It might not be good-looking basketball but it will be entertaining."
Triton Superintendent Brian Forget