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Harlem Legends headed to Conyers

CONYERS -- The Michael Douglas Youth Foundation is providing a great opportunity for local basketball fans. Douglas, one of the legendary members of the Harlem Globetrotters, is bringing his team of Globetrotter legends to Rockdale County for a special event.

Douglas' Harlem Legends team will play a team of Rockdale County all stars Nov. 10 at Rockdale High School's new gymnasium in a celebrity basketball show to raise funds for the foundation. Traci Waites, who was a varsity letter winner for Rockdale from 1980-1984 before playing at the University of Georgia and graduating from Long Beach State University, has been integral in bringing the showcase event to the Conyers school.

"(Douglas) contacted me around late-July and basically heard about my basketball past and asked if I would join his team and basically help his foundation," said Waites, who also coached at five different colleges. "One, raise money, and two, help other schools in my community. And of course I jumped on it right away, because I went to Rockdale County High School. It was really an easy way to give back to my community. It was exciting for me."

The Harlem Legends, a group of former players from the Globetrotters, NBA, NFL, past United States Olympians, and other professionals, include Tyron Gainer, Tyrone "Hollywood" Brown, Larry "Shorty" Coleman, Antoine Scott, Gator Rivers, Tree Gordon, Don Douglas, Mike Glenn, Jimmy Bolden, and Nakisha Reaves. The Globetrotters are scheduled to perform a clinic for youth players from 2 to 3 p.m. and then begin the game, pitting the Legends against a local team comprised of law enforcement, firefighters, community leaders, coaches and teachers. Waites, who considers herself retired after decades of playing and coaching and is currently a manager at Mattress Firm said she still hasn't decided whether she will suit up for the local team.

"My role initially was to put his together, but everybody is like 'Are you going to play?' I haven't played in so long, I don't want to embarrass myself," Waites said. "I may have to get out there for a minute."

Admission is $10 and V.I.P. tickets are available for $25. For tickets and sponsorship information, call Waites at 404-438-1785.