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Stamford, CT | Added on April 11, 2014 At 03:55 PM

He's 6-foot-10, wears a size 17 shoe , and is on a mission.

"Get the kids excited about the game, get the kids excited about basketball," said Mike Matthews, "And just try to be a positive influence."  

Mike Matthews, also known as "Big Mike," plays ball for the Harlem Wizards.  But the team is about more than just the game.  

"We want to leave a positive impact on all the kids that we talk to," said Matthews.  

The professional entertainment basketball team brings talent and fun to the court, while raising money for charity.  They'll be at Westhill High School this month, to help support a Stamford Lions Club initiative.  

"The money will be helping to buy pediatric eye screening equipment for students in Stamford," said Megan Backes, a Stamford Lions Club member.

"They're helping the underprivileged kids get the opportunities that they probably would not have," said Matthews, "And it's always good to see people just trying to help kids in need."  

Today, Matthews visited seven schools around the city.  He says talking to kids is the best part about being a Harlem Wizard.  

"I love it.  I take it to heart, I take it very serious and they're excited and they're supposed to be.  So, we get excited about our job because we see the smiles on their faces and they get excited about us.  So it's a win win for everybody."



Last month, the Harlem Wizards took the court at Fox Run Elementary School in Norwalk.  Check out our coverage by typing "Harlem Wizards" in our search engine.  

More information about the upcoming game, Saturday April 26:

Harlem Wizards vs. The Lion Tamers, featuring teachers and others from Stamford

Doors open at Westhill at 6:45 p.m., game starts at 7:30 p.m. 

Advance tickets: $10 students, $12 general admission

Tickets at the door: $12 students, $14 general admission

Tickets on sale at: Wagner's Luggage and Gifts, Bedford St. Diner and Tomato Tomato

Game includes audience participation and autographs.

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