Harlem Rockets return to Sumter for fundraiser

Game benefits Midlands Fatherhood Coalition

BY RHONDA BARRICK
rhonda@theitem.com
Posted 2/27/18

Lace up your sneakers, grab your children and head out to a basketball game - if you're lucky, you might get to play.

The Midlands Fatherhood Coalition in Sumter will host a comedy basketball game fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday at Lakewood High …

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Harlem Rockets return to Sumter for fundraiser

Game benefits Midlands Fatherhood Coalition

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Lace up your sneakers, grab your children and head out to a basketball game - if you're lucky, you might get to play.

The Midlands Fatherhood Coalition in Sumter will host a comedy basketball game fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday at Lakewood High School, 305 Old Manning Road, featuring The Harlem Rockets, a professional comedy basketball team from New York, playing the Fatherhood All-Stars - a team of MFC program participants and community leaders.

During the halftime show, a few select audience members will get the chance to hit the court and learn a few tricks from the Rockets. Players will also sign autographs, and there will be giveaways during the game. The goal of the event is to raise money to support MFC's mission to provide the tools for fathers to become positively engaged in the lives of their children, family and community.

"We're all about fathers and families. We want dads to be able to bring their children and spend quality time with them. This fundraising event will allow us to do more family events and provide support for dads as they work to be a positive presence in their children's lives," Keith Ivey, site director for the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition in Sumter, stated in a news release.

Tickets are: $6 in advance and $8 at the door for students and seniors; $8 in advance and $10 at the door for the general public. Purchase tickets at Midlands Fatherhood Coalition, 687 N. Guignard Drive, Sumter, or call (803) 774-2140.

MFC is part of a statewide network of 17 program centers, supported by the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, and serves Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Clarendon, Edgefield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter counties. The coalition offers education and services tailored for fathers trying to rebuild their lives and their families. Programs at MFC include personal development, parenting, economic stability, health and wellness, job readiness training and other resources to help fathers overcome barriers preventing them from being a positive presence in the lives of their children.

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Learn more at www.scfathersandfamilies.com.