The famous Harlem Globetrotters challenged a dozen students at Henry Hudson Regional School students in a variety of games Thursday to win $2,500 for the school. The events included rolling an egg by fanning it with a cushion and pulling tissues out of tissue boxes and a slam dunk contest.
As a result, students were able to carry the day by a 5-to-3 score. The Globetrotters were at Henry Hudson to participate in the Give Happy Challenge sponsored by Howard Johnson’s.
This year, Henry Hudson is one of only four schools throughout the nation to be selected for the Challenge, along with schools from Portland, Ore., Phoenix, Ariz. and a yet-to-be-named school from the Mid-West.
“We like to recognize people who do the right thing and make the community stronger because of it,” said Phil Harvey, a vice president with Howard Johnson.
They felt Henry Hudson high school in Highlands fit that mold.
Henry Hudson principal Kingsmore was quoted as saying, “We have had a very difficult year. Hurricane Sandy really devastated the communities of Atlantic Highlands and Highlands. But Highlands especially, where there were 1,200 homes wiped out. We have more than 40 kids still displaced all over Monmouth County. And we’re only a school of 360, so that’s a lot of kids.”