By Alicia Dziak

Basketball! Local celebrities! SGI teachers! It’s all part of the Roundball Rumble for Roswell on Wedesnday, Jan.11. This game was orginally set in December, but had to be rescheduled due to weather.

The game is the brainchild of the students in SGI high school’s sports and entertainment marketing class, a half-year elective course, made up of 10th, 11th and 12th graders, and taught by business teacher Eric Holler.

The class did two halftime contests during the football season and is looking to do a couple more for the basketball season, the big one being the Roundball Rumble for Roswell.

During a class brainstorming session, the class came up with several ideas that would connect the community and school. They decided on the celebrity game because there was little cost up front and they thought it would bring the outside community to the school.

From there, the event began to take shape. Students began contacting sponsors, creating social media promotions, accumulating things for a raffle and selling tickets, among other things.

According to Holler, the Roundball Rumble for Roswell can be described as “a basketball game featuring SGI staff/alumni and local celebrities.  It will be a fun basketball game with some good talent and entertaining personalities.”

One hundred percent of the money raised will go to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, which the class felt has had a role in so many people’s lives either irectly or indirectly.

The goal for the event is to ‘pack that gym!’  meaning they want every seat filled and to be able to donate as much money as possible.

Teachers and alumni participating in the event include: Robert Gainey- P.E. teacher/Coach, Greg Miller- Social Studies teacher/Coach, Karen Reynolds- P.E. Teacher, James Bialasik – High School Principal, Dave Broom – 5th Grade Teacher, Chris Scarpine – SES Principal, Gretchen Heichberger- 6th Grade Math Teacher, Olivia Emerling- Alumni, 1,000 Point Scorer and Mark Vogel – High School Teacher.

Additionally, several local celebrities will be in attendance, including: Jeremy White- WGR 550, Jonah Javad- WGRZ/Channel 2 Sports, Brett Alan- WYRK 106.5, Joe Licata- UB Football All Time Passer, Tyler Dunne- Bleacher Report, Nick Mendola- NBC Sports soccer/FC Buffalo owner, Heather Prusak- WGRZ/Channel 2 Sports, Mark Bouquin- American Grit Winner (Fox), Joe Buscaglia- WKBW Channel 7 Sports, Sal Capaccio- WGR 550/Time Warner/Buffalo Bills Network, Courtney Corbetta- Channel 7/AM Buffalo and Rich Gaenzler “Bull” 97 Rock.

Join the community for this sure-to-be-fun night of hoops and entertainment. Festivities will start around 5:45 p.m. and tip-off is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $3 presale and $5 at the door.

Tickets can be purchased at the high school in The Griffin’s Lair, or from Holler (contact him at to order).More information is also available on the class Twitter feed @sgi_smclass.