Steelers to play Indiana community members in charity basketball game

Seth Woolcock Lead Culture Writer S.M.Woolcock@iup.edu

A group of current and former Pittsburgh Steelers will be coming to the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex to challenge a group of Indiana community members to a charity basketball game.

The Steelers have been doing a similar event for more than 35 years. The game, which will be held at 8 p.m. April 27, will help raise money for three local organizations: the Indiana Basketball Boosters, the Indiana Drug and Alcohol Commission and the Indiana County Care Center. These three organizations are sponsoring the event and will receive any proceeds of the event, as well.

It is unclear which Steelers players will be in attendance for the charity contest.

The Steelers’ opponent will be the Old Skool Ballerz, a group composed of several Indiana community members. Some members include Dan Majernik, a youth basketball coach and chairman of the event; Greg Lezanic, the Indiana High School varsity basketball coach; Scott Homer, owner of 5TH Street Gym and organizer of the local basketball league; Rep. Dave Reed, R-Indiana, the current majority leader of the Pa. House of Representatives; and various other local coaches and personalities.

Majernik said he wanted to do something positive to help the community.

“This game will be a lot of fun, especially if you love the game of basketball,” Majernik said. “It gets pretty competitive, and you’ll get to see some really great athletes.”

The game will also feature a halftime autograph session with the players, as well as various giveaways and a 50-50 raffle.

The coaching staff for the Old Skool Ballerz will feature some Indiana personalities, too, led by IUP men’s basketball head coach Joe Lombardi.

“This is the first of many more events to come,” Majernik said.

Tickets are available for $7 at the KCAC, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and 5TH Street Gym. Fans are reminded to wear their black and gold.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, contact Majernik at dan.majerik@gmail.com.