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Fatherhood Project may bring Harlem MagicMasters to town

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By Jesef Williams

The city of Lancaster has been asked to support an event that promises to serve up high-flying dunks and other breathtaking stunts for local spectators.

The Lancaster Fatherhood Project, which provides services to low-income families, is bringing the Harlem MagicMasters to town next month.

The MagicMasters, who offer in-game entertainment comparable to the Harlem Globetrotters,  will play against a team of local community members March 12 at Lancaster High School’s gymnasium.

Tyrom Faulkner, executive director for the Fatherhood Project, said his organization needs sponsorship. He asked City Council for $3,000 on Feb. 10.

He said he needs about $7,000 total to put on the event, which includes all the fees for the MagicMasters’ participation.

“Our request was for the city to be a major sponsor and help with the security,” he said.

Faulkner saw the MagicMasters perform before and said he believes they will be a ideal entertainment outlet for the young, old and everyone else in between.

“I want to see a great turnout,” he said. “This gives kids something different to do outside of the normal box, and families can have some laughter and unwind a little bit.”

Council did not take action on the matter last week, but simply wanted to hear Faulkner’s presentation.

Council member Kenny Hood said he plans to vote in favor of supporting the fund raiser when it comes up for vote at the next meeting, which is Feb. 24.

Hood said the city needs to have more events like this for residents to enjoy.

“I think it’s a good idea,” Hood said. “It’s a family event. I’m in favor of it.”  

For details about the MagicMasters game, call 287-9055 or 289-9042.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152