NEWBURGH – Scholars at Fostertown ETC were treated to a nice surprise when they were visited by members of the New York Wiz Kids Basketball team based out of the Bronx, NY.
Founding member, Mugsy Leggett and his son Sean, wowed the students with fancy dribbling and cool trick passes. The pair invited students and teachers onto the court to participate in some fun games. While their visit was centered around entertaining with their basketball skills, their message to the children was far more important: Education is key.
Listen to your parents and teachers. Be kind to one another.
Wiz Kids started as a small basketball recreation program in the Bronx with only volunteers and family members. Being embraced by the local boys and girls, the program expanded to various gymnasiums and courts throughout the Bronx. In 2001, Books B4 Ball Organization/Wiz kids Basketball Program settled in the Northeast part of the Bronx, serving over 550 children annually, focused on ages 5-18, but even extending the reach to adults from the New York City metro area. In the years to follow, the program has proudly worked with over 1300 students, most who have gone on to post secondary institutions.
Wiz Kid student athletes are required to meet scholastic and behavioral requirements in school before they can play ball. Study hall, tutoring, mentoring and college and high school tours are a part of the Wizkids curriculum.