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CWC SuperStars Played with Heart at Harlem Wizards Basketball Game Sunday

Carolyne Volpe Curley

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 • 1:23am

WEST CALDWELL, NJ - The Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation hosted  the "Tricks, Hoops, and Alley-Oops Basketball Game" between the Harlem Wizards professional basketball team and the "Caldwell-West Caldwell SuperStars"--a team made up of Caldwell-West Caldwell principals, teachers, parents and community leaders.

The event took place in the James Caldwell High School gym and all monies raised through raffles, refreshments and Wizard memorabilia went to the foundation which in turn directly supports Caldwell-West Caldwell schools. The final score was 81-70 and most definitely it was the children who won most of all. 

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Credit: Christine Corliss

Harlem Wizards
The internationally known Harlem Wizards have been entertaining crowds with their basketball talent and comedic acts for over 50 years. At Sunday’s game, the players kept the crowds enthused with amusing skits and slam dunk scores.

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Credit: Christine Corliss

The children in attendance were invited to participate several times throughout the game and during halftime, the kids went onto the basketball court to participate in a dance video. Following the game, the Wizard players also signed memorabilia with free autographs.

Caldwell-West Caldwell SuperStars
The Superstars were coached by Darren "High Flying" Fusaro, a West Caldwell parent and CWCEF Trustee. The SuperStars team were made up of 25 players including:

  • Rick "Draw McGraw" Alonso, community volunteer

  • Tim "Trey" Ayers, Jefferson School principal  

  • Dominick "Da King" Barone, Washington School custodian

  • Erica "the Rock" Brock, Washington third grade teacher

  • James "Downtown Jimmy" Brown, Grover Cleveland Middle School principal

  • Sheila "Buckets" Cuccinelli, Grover Cleveland Middle School eighth grade teacher, freshman girls basketball coach

  • James "the Wizard Hunter" Curran, Jefferson Elementary fifth grade teacher

  • William "Upside" Downey, Caldwell-West Caldwell instrumental teacher

  • Adam "A-Bomb" Geher, Lincoln School principal

  • Scott "Show Time" Keena, Wilson School principal

  • Amanda "Scrappy" Keenan, Grover Cleveland Middle School sixth grade teacher

  • Rachel "the Beast" Kelly, Grover Cleveland Middle School physical education teacher and JV girls basketball coach

  • Kaitlyn "Kait the Great" Kerrigan, Washington School first grade teacher

  • Samantha "Slam I Am" Leone, Washington School special education teacher

  • Trevor "T-Mac" McLaughlin, Grover Cleveland Middle School eighth grade teacher

  • Mitch "House of" Payne, Washington School parent

  • Peter "the Greek" Protogiannis, Washington School fourth grade teacher

  • Martin "Hot Hands" Rodriguez, Caldwell-West Caldwell world language teacher

  • Ryu "Wheels" Saito, Grover Cleveland Middle School sixth grade teacher and Varsity girls basketball coach

  • Jeff "Not Scott" Stiefbold, Lincoln Elementary fourth grade teacher

  • Jeff "All World" Weinstock, Wilson School parent

  • Sheila "Zigzagging" Zeman, Washington and Lincoln School physical education teacher

James Caldwell student Nicole Garamella performed the National Anthem to start off the friendly competition. In addition, Washington School teacher Lynn Lockard kept score and JCHS cheerleaders were there to cheer on the SuperStars. 

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Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley

West Caldwell Police
On Sunday, West Caldwell Patrolman Ray Foster was on hand to provide security for the largely-attended occasion. The department annually provides an officer at no charge to the education foundation.
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Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley

Further Information 
Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation
President MaryAnn Campion
P.O. Box 96
Caldwell, NJ 07006

Facebook: Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation

Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation is a 501 C3 local, non-profit organization designed to provide supplemental funding to the Caldwell-West Caldwell School District. The Foundation has awarded more than $100,000 in funding to the CWC Schools. Donations to the CWCEF directly fund the CWC School District and may be tax-deductible.