On the heels of the NBA Finals, Westchester High School, which has produced an impressive crop of professional basketball players, will host a celebrity basketball game fundraiser at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 22nd, at the Westchester High gymnasium.

The game will benefit two parent groups, Parents of Westchester with Orville Wright (POWWOW), and the National Alliance of Parents for the Advancement of Students (NationalPALS).

POWWOW, a Westchester parent group that has been involved in pushing for improved academic performance in local schools, believes that parental involvement is key to a child’s success.

According to the National Educational Longitudinal Study, “Parental involvement fosters attitudes toward school, improves homework, habitual absenteeism and reduces students’ risk of dropping out (of school).”

“The title championship for parenthood is not for a season, but for a lifetime,” said Florence Bracy, the communications director for POWWOW.

Westchester alumni who will be participating in the game include Trevor Ariza of the Los Angeles Lakers and Gabriel Pruitt of the Boston Celtics. Other Westchester alumni include Amir Johnson of the San Antonio Spurs and Hassan Adams, formerly of the New Jersey Nets.

For the last 20 years, Westchester High has been the breeding ground for producing high level athletes who also pursue academic excellence. Ninety-eight percent of the Comet players who continue their careers at the collegiate level obtain degrees, according to the school.

“These players are living proof that parental involvement is key to academic and life success,” said Bracy.

During the celebrity game, three jerseys will be retired and 15 players be inducted into the high school’s Hall of Fame. This will be the first time that the formal honor will be given to the basketball program at Westchester.

“Westchester High will have the hottest ticket in town bringing all these NBA stars together on the same court,” said Bracy.

Tickets can be purchased on campus at the gymnasium ticket office Thursday and Friday, June 19th and 20th, at 7 to 8 a.m., 1 to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m., and beginning at 1 p.m. on the day of the game.

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