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To the editor:
As a parent and president of the South Oldham Middle School PTSA, I am writing to respond to a letter in the Jan. 21 edition regarding the Harlem Wizards basketball game sponsored by our PTSA.
We are tremendously proud of the event that brought so many members of our community together to enjoy a true night of family entertainment while raising much needed funds for our school technology program.
We advertised this game as a family event and we absolutely delivered a family event. In their letter, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis would have you believe that this event promoted a “lewd” message endorsed by our school administration. I could not possibly disagree more.
The Harlem Wizards is an entertainment-style basketball team that, since 1962, have entertained thousands of elementary and middle school events from coast to coast. PTAs, Upward groups, YMCAs and charity groups have consistently invited the Wizards back to play year after year. This team plays in large cities and rural communities. They play in school gymnasiums and churches as well as venues such as Madison Square Gardens. The Wizards simply could not survive as a thriving team if their reputation was anything other than respectable.
More than 1,300 people attended this game. With the exception of one set of parents, we have experienced nothing but positive feedback. We simply find that we have no reason to apologize.
The Lewis family chose to leave before the game began. As parents, we all have the responsibility to seize moments as educational opportunities.
Like the previous writers, I too hope that our elected school board members will take note of this. I hope they are buoyed by the knowledge that they have the support of parents who are willing to constructively work to build a stronger school system.
Leighann Lamphier, Pewee Valley
This subject has caused quite a stir, click here to read the original Letter to the Editor and comments from the community.