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Wizards Teach Basketball Magic to Yorktown Youth

YORKTOWN, N.Y.— Zack Esteves, 9, may have had the day off from school Monday, but he used his spare time to school the Harlem Wizards in the game of knock-out.

Esteves was one of dozens of young kids who went to Solaris on their day off from school to attend a full-day camp run by the Harlem Wizards. The camp run by the four professionals taught the kids the different skills in basketball, such as layups, dribbling and shooting, but also taught them to have fun while playing the game.

"My favorite part was beating them," Esteves said after a game of knockout, where all four professional Wizards played, and three of the counselors were knocked out of the game by their pupils, including Esteves.

Alyssa Perrino, 8, wore a Harlem Wizards shirt on the sidelines Monday next to her friend Haley Caricati, 8. The duo had attended the Harlem Wizards camp at Solaris this past summer, and were pleased to spend their day off from school back at the game.

"I loved doing the layups," Perrino said. "The counselors are just so nice, and so fun. It makes us want to do it again," Caricati chimed in.

Gabriella Lovado said this was her first time experiencing the camp with the Wizards, but wanted to go again.

"I really like it, and it's fun learning how to do layups that I can do later," she said.

Nolan Tomassio, 9, was decked out in full basketball gear for the day alongside his friend Michael Sottile, 10. They each said their favorite basketball teams were the Heat and the Knicks respectively, and they liked learning how to play like the pros.

"It's great becuase they're learning, and still having fun on their day off," said Jeannie Geyer, sports director for Solaris.

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