Link to photos from event included

Harlem Rockets give MVHS crowd explosive show

Event raises $4,300 for Coastal Navigators Special Olympics team
By Staff | Mar 09, 2012
Courtesy of: Harlem Rocket The Harlem Rockets.

Waldoboro — Sensational basketball skills, zany comedy and audience participation came to Medomak Valley High School March 7 as the Harlem Rockets thrilled a sellout crowd.

The Rockets brought their special brand of basketball to the school to play a local Dream Team. The event raised $4,300 for the Coastal Navigators, a local Special Olympics team.

The Dream Team included, among others, Medomak Valley High School teachers Andrea Williamson, Jake Newcomb and Ryan McNelly; chief Bill Labombarde, officer Thomas Bartunek and detective Lance Mitchell from Waldoboro Public Safety; Jon Moro of Coastal Opportunities; Penobscot Bay YMCA Director Troy Curtis; local EMT Justin Hills; Lincolnville Central School teacher Samantha Wiley; Tom Ford, Rockport's director of planning and community development; VillageSoup Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell; and Special Olympians Ronnie Vanesse and Roger Feltis.

Also participating in the game were Clint Beveridge of Camden, Britta Sturks and Brandon Staples of Thomaston, Tim Colson of St. George, Mike Gamage of Warren and Garrett Alley of Rockland, who plays for the University of Maine at Augusta men's basketball team.

Coaching the Dream Team were Reade Brower, president of The Free Press, and Bill Flynn, coach of the Hebron Academy boys basketball team.

Daisy Lee of Friendship Village School sang the national anthem, while the Warren Community School cheerleaders entertained the crowd at halftime.

Having played more than 2,500 games in 16 years without a single defeat, the Harlem Rockets offered a fun night of comedy basketball for the soldout crowd.

Marie Lufkin, event organizer, said nearly 1,000 people attended the game.

"We were excited to think we could host a fundraiser all while bringing a great family event to our community," she said. "It is true: 'When communities come together to share a common goal, success is inevitable.' We are truly lucky to live in an area where so many people will do for others first. I am inspired by our communities' genuine dedication to our cause."

VillageSoup sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@villagesoup.com.

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