15th Annual Sitrin Celebrity Classic Wheelchair Basketball Game

29 March 2017


Start the game clock because we’re hitting the court for the 15th Annual Sitrin Celebrity Classic Wheelchair Basketball Game! Grab a seat courtside, where you’ll see local celebrities go chair-to-chair with Sitrin’s STARS (Success Through Adaptive Recreation and Sports) athletes.

This year’s starting celebrity lineup will feature three-time Olympian, Erin Hamlin, accompanied by Syracuse University basketball stars, Andrew White and John Gillon.

Rounding out the rest of the celebrity squad are:

Joseph Griffo, New York State Senator

Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive

Anthony Brindisi, New York State Assembly

Robert Palmieri, Mayor of Utica

Alex Carbone, Carbone Autogroup

Spencer Davidson, WKTV

Kristen Copeland, WKTV

Gary Heenan, Utica College Hockey Coach

Naomi Lynn, Lite 98.7 DJ

Bill Keeler, WIBX

Pollywog, Big Frog 104

“Big Poppa” Gary Spears, KISS FM


Head out to the Utica College gymnasium on Thursday April 13th at 6pm to see these celebrities face off against our Sitrin STARS. Players include AJ Timperlake, Vincent Bevivino, Kevin Burnside, Lyle Cornish, Elaine Esposito, Elizabeth Ford, Devon Henry, Oneil Nunes, Mike Olsen, and Jason Robinson. The STARS team will also feature three-time Paralympian Jimmy “Jam” Joseph, and two-time Miami Marathon winner, Hermin Garic.

At halftime, two lucky fans will challenge Andrew White and John Gillon to a three-point competition. Cheering on our players will be the Sitrin Comettes Dance Team, who will also perform at halftime. Other activities include a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and free autographs! Don’t forget to grab a snack at our concession stand.

“I’m extremely grateful that the community has embraced this unique event for the past fifteen years,” says Marc DePerno, director of the Sitrin STARS program. “It’s difficult to express the profound impact that adapted sports has on individuals with disabilities. The funds raised from the Sitrin Celebrity Classic will continue to enhance quality of life and ensure that sporting opportunities will continue for years to come.”

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for those five and under. Get your ticket on game day at the door, or in advance at Sitrin in the Community Relations Department.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Sitrin STARS program, which provides opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities to participate in adaptive sports. In addition to wheelchair basketball, the STARS program offers wheelchair curling, road racing, target shooting, paddling, biathlon, archery, and golf. Sitrin STARS athletes have competed on the international and Paralympic level, and have represented the United States throughout the world.

The Celebrity Classic is sponsored by Sitrin, as well as Fust Charles Chambers, MetLife, The Hartford, The Fountainhead Group, Human Technologies, Carbone Auto Group, BNY Mellon, Utica College, and News Channel 2.

Don’t forget to follow this event on Facebook: @SitrinHealthCareCenter