Perry and Oliver alumni (Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Public Schools)

Perry and Oliver alumni (Photo Vernon Young Jr., Courtesy of Pittsburgh Public Schools)

Hundreds packed Pittsburgh Perry’s gymnasium on Dec. 17 for the first-ever Perry vs. Oliver Alumni Charity Basketball Game.  Perry, led by captain Rod Rutherford, beat Oliver, 105-83, in front of a sold out crowd.

The weather was frightful and the streets were icy, but that did not stop over 800 spectators from attending the game.  From old to new, former and current students, staff, and community members picked a side and rooted for their team.

Graduates and former basketball players from both schools, who at one time used to be intense rivals, united for a great cause.

“This was an opportunity for us to unify the community and show current Pittsburgh Perry students what it means to take pride in your community and school,” said Anthony Hall, alumni game organizer and host.

“For this one day, former students from both Oliver and Perry were able to put on a show that integrated the whole North Side community for the first time in more than a decade.”

At halftime, there were special performances by the Pittsburgh Perry Dance team and the North Side Steelers Cheer Squad.

As an added bonus, former majorettes and dance team members from both schools jumped on the court to show the crowd they still had moves.

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