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Court Jesters Comedy Basketball Team to appear at UMFK

March 21, 2003

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host the Court Jesters Comedy Basketball Team on Friday, March 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the SportsCenter.

Like the Harlem Globetrotters, the Court Jesters, led by Andrew Eckman, former general manager of the Harlem Wizards and Harlem Rockets, are dedicated to providing wholesome entertainment for the whole family.

The Jesters are a group of highly talented former college and professional basketball players with great showmanship skills. They are great with children and they make themselves available for signing autographs and interacting with the audience.

Members of the Jesters' team include 'Scott the Rock' Coleman, Walivy Dixon, voted by Slam Magazine number 23 out of the 50 top dunkers of all time; 6 foot 8 inch Jamal Dumore, and Patrick Fleming, an 18 year veteran of the Maine State Police, who has played for the Harlem Wizards, the Harlem Rockets and now the Court Jesters.

Also on the team are Seth Franco, of Long Island, New York; 'Jazzy Jay' Griffin of Springfield, Massachusetts, who is known as the funniest showman around; and Hector Lopes, also known as 'Houdini of the Hardwood' because of his magical passes.

'Andre the Giant' Reyes, who interacts wonderfully with the young audience; Tracy Williams, who has traveled around the world with the Harlem Globetrotters and runs his own basketball camp in North Carolina; Shane Woney, also known as the dribbling machine; and Sam Worthen, a former Chicago Bull and Antoni Wyche complete the lineup for male players.

Rachel Naughton, 5 foot 10 inch All American Scholar Athlete; and 6 foot Nailah Wallace, a former All-American basketball player are the female players that round out the fun loving team.

They dazzle the audience with their skills and antics while providing countless laughs and good cheer for young and old alike.

The Jesters will play the Community All Stars, a team comprised of local talents and the evening promises to be a great family event.

The game is open to the public. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children ages 12 and under. The event is sponsored by UMFK student activities.