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Event hosted by Alize Johnson a hit with Williamsport community

Brooklyn Nets player Alize Johnson, left, facing front, signs autographs for community members during an event he held recently at Flanigan Park.

Alize Johnson, a professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets, recently held an event as a way to give back to the community that he grew up in. Johnson is originally from Williamsport and a graduate of St. John Neumann Regional Academy.

The event, held at Williamsport’s Flanigan Park, had a car giveaway, basketball tournament, dance competition, local venders, free food and flavored ice.

Johnson thanked his fans in a public speech on Saturday,

“Anytime I’ve been around you guys in the off season, just celebrating and having a good time, it’s really good for me. When I go back, I’m ready to ball and I’m ready to get to it, to push and become a better player,” said Johnson.

The event also offered vendors, such as the store Mitch Kicks, specializing in shoes.

“It’s real nice, I like it — I love it, actually. I got to come up here, make some money, spend some time with the fam, watch some hoops. …The kids are enjoying themselves, I’m enjoying myself. It’s real nice. …It’s been a great event,” said Khaalid Muhammad, owner of Mitch Kicks.

“I want to say thank you to Alize Johnson for letting us come out here and set up our tables,” Muhammad said.

“I think it’s wonderful. It’s wonderful for the kids, and the weather is great. It’s a beautiful event,” added Cachet Cobb.

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