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Steelers to play basketball in Poland

By Ashley Luthern

Monday, March 12, 2012

By Ashley Luthern


The Pittsburgh Steelers have proved they can be winners on the football field, but on Thursday, they’ll try their skills on a local basketball court.

At least six active Steelers players will take part in the Steelers Footballers Basketball Team, which competes in charity basketball games around the country. The team will come to the field house at Poland Seminary High School, 3199 Dobbins Road, for an 8 p.m. tipoff Thursday. Tickets are $7 each.

They will face a community team of local government officials, business owners and Poland schools staff and graduates, among others, said Mike Masucci, principal of Union Elementary School, who coordinated the event.

The game is sponsored by Poland All-Sports Boosters, and proceeds will benefit Union Elementary, which will use it for future events and assemblies.

“The vast majority of the staff is playing and they are doing it for the memory they’ll create for the students,” Masucci said.

Although the Steelers players who are participating won’t be known until game day, Masucci said he’s been told at least six active players will attend and sign free autographs at halftime.

Poland Village Mayor Tim Sicafuse, who will suit up for the community team, commended Masucci for organizing the charity game.

“It’s pretty rare that these things come up,” Sicafuse said.

Although he’s played a few a basketball games lately, the mayor admits he might not be able to keep up with some of the Steelers players.

“We don’t expect to win, by any means. It’s all about bringing the community together to see some famous athletes and have fun,” Sicafuse said.

Tickets still are available for the game and can be purchased from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at Union Elementary School, 30 Riverside Drive. If tickets are still available on game day, they will be sold at the door. More information is available by calling the school at 330-757-7014.