Go! Malawi benefits from Harlem Rockets' basketball anticsMVHS alumnae Janet Littlefield misses game due to birth of second son
Waldoboro — The Harlem Rockets made their athletically-gifted and comedic return to the Medomak Valley High School basketball court on Friday night, Nov. 15, but one important person was missing from the fun-filled festivities.
The event raised money for Midcoast Special Olympians and Go! Malawi, a non-profit that serves one of the poorest countries in the world.
Go! Malawi is headed by Janet Littlefield, a MVHS graduate and former standout Panther student-athlete. Go! Malawi pays for nearly 50 orphaned children to attend school. There is no free public education in Malawi, Africa after eighth grade.
Littlefield was scheduled to attend Friday's game at her alma mater, but gave birth to her second son the day before on Nov. 14.
The game, which attracted hundreds of spectators, also featured Daisy Lee of Friendship, who played guitar and sang the national anthem.
The Rockets played the Coastal Dream Team, which included most of the following (some original players could not make the game): Justin Hills, EMT from Lincolnville/Camden; Clint Beveridge, Camden-Rockport High School alumni; Jon Moro, Camden artist and Penobscot Bay YMCA coach; Tom Ford, Rockport planner and community development director; Roy Roden, Destiny Eastgate minister; Andrea York Williamson, Medomak Middle School teacher; Adam Newell, physical education teacher at Warren Community and Friendship Village schools; Mark Haskell, associate sports director for Courier Publications; Jacob Newcomb, Medomak Valley High School teacher and coach; Tash McLaughlin, Roger Feltis and Ronnie Vanesse, Special Olympian athletes; Chief William Labombarde and Officer Thomas Bartunek, Waldoboro Police Department; Tim Colson, coach of the Coastal Navigators; Britta Sturks, Brandon Staples and Ashley Geel, Georges Valley High School alumni; and Samantha Willey, Lincolnville Central School teacher. The coaches were Kate Benedict and Reade Brower.
The Rockets, a talented group of basketball entertainers who combine incredible showtime basketball skills and family-friendly comedy, also are professionals in regards to spreading awareness about the prevention of hate-violence, as they attend local schools the day of the game to talk to students about how to prevent bullying.
Having played more than 2,500 games in 16 years without a single defeat, the Rockets offer something for all to enjoy. Sports enthusiasts always are intrigued by the athleticism and size of the players.
On Friday in Waldoboro, basketball aficionados were dazzled by the ballhandling wizardry of Clarence “Mugsy” Leggett, one of the world’s extraordinary dribblers and a former Harlem Globetrotter. Fans were satiated by the game of Devon “The People's Choice” Curry and left awestruck by the high-flying dunks of Cliff “Jet Blue” Malone, featured in the Nike commercial released on Super Bowl Day.
And since it was comedy basketball, the Rockets presented the all-time funny man and one of show basketball’s greats James “Speedy “Williams, who was featured in the movie “Above The Rim,” starring Tupac Shakur and Duane Martin.
Speedy also was one of the original Nike freestyle ballers in a Nike commercial. And, Speedy performed live at the MTV Music Awards, while Jay Z did his thing. Speedy is known as the “Crowned Prince Of Laughs."
As always, the Rockets incorporated the audience, especially children, into the show and were available to meet fans and give autographs at halftime and after the game.