Firefly Fisher shoots hoops with local bball team

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Some local fifth graders got the chance to play basketball with a Harlem Globetrotter.

Many remember Tay Fisher in green and gold. He was a key part of Siena College’s 2008 MAAC Championship basketball team. But over the last few years, the Kingston native has transformed himself into “Firefly Fisher,” a fan favorite amongst the Harlem Globetrotters.

Thursday night, one local basketball team learned firsthand lessons from Firefly himself.

“Time to have some fun baby!” Fisher exclaimed.

Fisher gave the Cohoes CYO fifth grade boy’s basketball team something they could’ve only dreamed of – the chance to shoot hoops with a Harlem Globetrotter.

To get the opportunity, the Cohoes crew entered an online contest against 20 other local teams. Once they found out they won, head coach Keith Hancock said it was all smiles.

“It’s just so great,” he said. “The kids were excited all week. They’re just in awe of him being here. As soon as they saw him, their faces lit up.”

Firefly taught the youngsters basic fundamentals, showed off a few of his own moves, and also educated them on the most valuable of life lessons.

“Your parents want to see you do good in school, and they want to see you do good in your sport,” he told them. “So if you can do that for mom or dad, they’ll love it.”

Fifth grader Byrce Hancock said he learned all he needed to from Firefly, and he’s ready for the big time.

“I’m thinking about going in the NBA,” he said. “I don’t know.”

In the meantime, Hancock and his teammates will never forget the night they spent with Firefly Fisher.

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