Yonkers Students To Take The Court At NBA Game

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St. Casimir basketball players will play an exhibition game at halftime of the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors game Tuesday night at the Barclays Center. Photo Credit: Flickr user Erik Cleves Kristensen

YONKERS, N.Y. – A group of Yonkers students will get a taste of the bright lights of the NBA Tuesday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The St. Casimir boys basketball team will hit the hardwood at half-time of the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors game for an exhibition scrimmage. The players will get star treatment as the Nets announcer’s call of the game will be heard throughout the arena.

But the boys aren’t the only ones who will get a chance to show off their stuff. They will be joined on the trip by St. Casimir cheerleaders, who will perform for the crowd shortly before the 7:30 p.m. tip-off. 

Parents said Tuesday the students have been looking forward to this since early in the school year, when the event was scheduled by Pastor Rafal Walczyk.

"My kids are very proud to represent St. Casimir School in a professional arena," Ssive Sola, the mother of an eighth-grade cheerleader and fourth-grade basketball player, said in a statement.

The YES Network, the broadcast network of the Nets, is preparing a feature story on the cheerleaders and basketball team that will be aired in the upcoming weeks, according to St. Casimir parents. 

The varsity basketball team is coached by Mike House and the junior varsity by Miguel Negrete. The cheerleaders are coached by Aisha Isaac.

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Great honor for the kids, and a tribute to the hard working staff. Just makes it that much sadder the Church is closing the school, another school in the downtown area. This is the area where the families really NEED a Catholic education, an education which would have changed their lives for the better.