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Harlem Wizards Take on Chappaqua Challengers

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - The Harlem Wizards returned to Horace Greeley High School on Sunday to take on a competing team of teachers, administrators and other school employees who dubbed themselves the Chappaqua Challengers.

The roster was made up of 18 players from the district's six schools, including Greeley Principal Andrew Selesnick, Westorchard Principal Jim Skoog, Roaring Brook Principal Peter Berendt and Bell Principal Martin Fitzgerald. The team was captained by Grafflin teacher Warren Whitney.

"It's great to see teachers from all schools coming together," said Chris Eidem, a library media specialist at Roaring Brook. Sunday's game marked Eidem's second consecutive year on the Challengers. 

The part comedy show, part sporting event was sponsored by the Chappaqua School Foundation. With a reported attendance of nearly 1,000 spectators at $20 to $25 a ticket, the event is one of the foundation's biggest annual fundraisers.

After scoring with highlight alley-oops on nearly every early possession, the Wizards generously took it easy on their opponents, occasionally lying on the floor on defense until a basket was made.

"This is team we're playing," joked Wizards player Dwayne "Swoop" Simpson. "They look tired and the game hasn't even started yet."

Chappaqua School Foundation President Michael Kaufman said with its year-round events, the 18-year-old organization has raised $1.5 million for the Chappaqua School District.

Tickets that were available for purchase beforehand at Marmalade, Drug Mart and Auntie Penny sold out. There were limited tickets to be purchased at the door on Sunday.

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