Friday, November 22, 2013

Harlem Wizards

When it was first announced that Manheim Township would be hosting the Harlem Wizards, we knew we wanted to go!  We had seen them back in 2008 for the first time and they were a blast to watch. The Wizards would take on a team of teachers from the Manheim Township School District known as the Blue Streaks Dream Team as a fundraiser for our school.  During the day, the Wizard players visited our different schools and promoted the game.  It must have worked because it was packed!

It was a great night getting to watch the Wizards do their ball handling drills, amazing dunks, funny routines, and also see some of our teachers play as well.  One cool thing they did was between the 3rd and 4th quarter.  They had all of the students come down on the court and dance with them for a few songs.   There was lots of interaction with the fans and it was so much fun. They also have a promotion going on that if you share a photo or video on their facebook page with #slamtastic, you can win a prize pack.  This is the picture we put up...must have been a tiring night for Air Jamaica.  :)

An exhausted Air Jamaica

After the game, the players stayed around so that everyone could get autographs and pictures.  We got a poster to get signed but could only get to 4 of the 6 guys that were there.  Gavin also got his ticket signed by his math teacher, Mr. Seiger. Thank you to the Wizards and Manheim Township for a great night!  Gavin and I start basketball practice in 2 weeks so we were glad to see some new things to try this year :)

Oh, by the if there was any question...the Wizards won! :)

Blake is the left arrow, Gavin is the right arrow
Dancing with the Wizards
TOJO doing some ball tricks

DP making the full court pass

DP going to wake up King Arthur
Gavin and his Math teacher, Mr. Seiger

TOJO signing our poster

Gavin with Rocket

Gavin with King Arthur

Today's Autographs: 5
2013 Autographs: 428
2013 My donation: $21.40

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Quack to Quack Champions

One of the best things about going to baseball parks is getting to know people.  We've gotten to know a few people from Long Island and one of them is Emil Coccaro.  Emil is the clubhouse manager for the  Long Island Ducks and battled alopecia as a boy. Earlier in the summer, he brought us some autographed balls and told us he was working on a special project that wouldn't be done until the end of the season.  You can check out that post here...

Emil with the back to back championship trophies

Well, that special project has arrived!

Emil sent us a Kraig Binick game used jersey from the 2012 championship season.  There is a #8 patch on the side in honor of Hall of Famer and former Ducks manager, Gary Carter, and the front of the jersey is autographed by the 2013 Long Island Ducks championship team.  WOW!   When he told us he was working on a project, we had no idea that the Ducks would end up winning their 2nd championship in a row!  He joked in the letter about it being from Long Island, but WE LOVE IT and it will look great hanging in our room.

Thanks Emil!  Can't wait to see you next year!

Today's Autographs: 20
2013 Autographs: 423
2013 My donation: $21.15