New Brunswick Celebrity Basketball Game to Feature Rutgers Pro Athletes vs. New Brunswick All Stars
The New Brunswick Celebrity Basketball Game will take place this Thursday, March 27, at 6:30 PM, returning to New Brunswick High School’s current location at 1000 Somerset Street for the second consecutive year.
Nathaniel Harris, now in his third year, and one of four academic coaches with the Play It Smart Program at New Brunswick high school, a mentoring and community service program for student athletes that promotes responsibility and positive habits, expressed excitement about Thursday’s game.
“We had it last year here in this building and had a great turnout, and this year we are expecting about 1,500 people from the high school, middle school, the elementary schools… people from the community. And, obviously parent advocates from the community. We even get a crowd that’s not affiliated with New Brunswick just because of some of the names that will be here.”
Harris explained that, in past years, the event featured a different set of celebrities who were less known to the kids.
“The connection between the celebrities and the new Brunswick kids was not there. Now, we have younger [celebrities] and the kids know the names when they hear them.”
Although Harris played football while studying at Rutgers himself, he credits the large network of contacts that former Rutgers football star, Antonio Lowery, now with the New Brunswick Teen Center has (he’ll be playing for the pro/celebrity team this Thursday evening). And, together with Mike Blackwell, Superintendent of New Brunswick Recreation for using their network to obtain a great roster of Rutgers athletes for the game (the pro/celebrity team is comprised of Rutgers athletes currently playing professional sports, while the City All Stars will include: teachers, fire, police, and special Olympics athletes).
Additionally, he noted a synergy created by Play It Smart and New Brunswick Recreation, in both overseeing and managing the entire event.
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