Harlem Wizards set to play in Steamboat on Monday | SteamboatToday.com

Harlem Wizards set to play in Steamboat on Monday

Steamboat Springs boys basketball coach Michael Vandahl and the Sailors run through practice last season at Steamboat Springs High School.
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Watch out for trick shots, fancy dribbling and plenty of thundering alley-oops Monday. The Harlem Wizards, a performance basketball team, will play against a team of Steamboat Springs all-stars, a collection of Sailors alumni, Steamboat Springs High School basketball coaches and school district teachers, putting on a show to raise money for several local organizations.

The funds will benefit High Altitude Basketball, which puts together local basketball teams from sixth grade through high school. The money will also benefit the Steamboat Optimists Club.

“It’s really focused on fun and entertainment and they have quite a few routines they do,” said Leon Rinck, who is helping in organizing the event. “It will be a fun event for the whole community.”

The list of players includes Michael Vandahl, the current high school basketball coach and a star on the court for the Sailors a decade ago. Pio Utu, who spends much of his time helping local high school athletes workout, will also play, along with recent Steamboat basketball alums like Matthew Lanning and Jon Rinck.

The game will be at Steamboat Springs High School on Monday and doors will open at 6 p.m. with the game starting at 7.

Tickets are available online at http://www.HarlemWizards.com. They cost $15 for students and $20 for adults in advance, or $20 and $25 at the door or $30 for a reserved seat.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9.

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