It promises to be fun when local political officials and other prominent residents in Thomson take on alumni members of the Harlem Globetrotters in a benefit basketball game at Thomson High School on July 24.
"I promise it's going to be fun for the whole family," said Thomson High head boys basketball coach Michael Thomas, one of the organizers. "It's going to be a family-oriented basketball extravaganza unlike any ever seen at Thomson High School."
Game time is set for 7 p.m.
"We want to fill up the gym and raise a lot of money for our basketball program," said coach Thomas. "We also want everyone who comes out to have a great time. This is something that families can do together."
Coach Thomas said because of limited seating, it's important to get seats as early as possible. Advance tickets already are on sale for $12. At the door, they will cost $15. For those wishing to get as close to the action on the floor as possible, reserved seating also is available for $20-$25 each.
Tickets can be purchased until game night in the main office of Thomson High School. Tickets may be purchased at SunTrust Bank branches in Thomson, Ivery's Restaurant and Shatega's Hair Salon. Call 706-986-4255 or 706-836-1995.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. on game night. Those arriving early will get to seek autographs from some of the former Harlem Globetrotters.
Several former basketball stars also are expected to perform. The list includes: Marcus Allen, Latterance Casey, Vonteego Cummings, Antrone Lee, Terry Hill, Jr., Roy McGahee, Octavious Mulligan, Kyle Murray, Quincey Ramsey, Pat Rogers and Zavian Smith.
"It's going to be great to see some of our most famous basketball players go up against alumni members of the Globetrotters," said coach Thomas.
The alumni team from Thomson High will get help from local officials, including Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry, McDuffie County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton and Thomson City Councilman John Smalley, as well as Commissioner Frederick Favors.
Other supporting cast members will include: WGAC radio personality Ashley Brown and WAGT -- Channel 26 TV weather forecaster Jay Jefferies, Bob Knox, Jr., the Rev. John Barnes of Thomson First United Methodist Church, Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce President Bobby Hildreth, Dr. Jim Ramsey of Thomson First Baptist Church, Coach Ron Spry of Paine College and local school principals Donna Bennett, Anita Cummings, Dr. Laura Hughes and Nancy Lovelady.
Other pre-game activities will include shoot-out contests for kids, autograph basketball raffles and T-shirts. Concession items also will be sold.