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Friday, February 3, 2012

Round Ball for a Good Cause



Get ready for an evening of fun and excitement! The Harlem Ambassadors will challenge our very own Randolph Rockets comprised of local talent on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Handley High School Gym. This event, that will benefit NAMI Wedowee, is one that you don’t want to miss!

The Harlem Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines. All players have played college basketball and have college degrees in fields ranging from exercise science to counseling rehabilitation. Each season they perform approximately 220 fundraising games and entertainment events for non-profit organizations. This year marks the Harlem Ambassadors' 14th touring season. The Harlem Ambassadors show is quality family entertainment and is fun for all ages. In addition to the hilarious comedy and slam dunks, audience members, especially children, may have the opportunity to participate in interactive games between the quarters and during half-time. Everyone will have the opportunity to meet the Ambassadors after the game and get autographs from all of the players.

Harlem Ambassadors, Inc. was founded in 1998 by Dale Moss who signed professional performer Lade Majic in April 1998 to direct basketball operations. The first Harlem Ambassadors game was played in Mountain Home, Idaho, on Oct. 10, 1998. Over the years, the Harlem Ambassadors tour schedule has included events in 49 states and 19 countries. The Harlem Ambassadors strive to provide quality family entertainment that is fresh and new and features a woman as the central comedy figure. As their slogan says, “It’s Not Your Grandfather’s Basketball Show.”

Local event organizer Nell Wright of NAMI Wedowee first saw the Harlem Ambassadors several years ago in Colorado and thought it would be fun to have the team come to Randolph County. Wright has been planning the event since last spring and has a local all star line up for The Randolph Rockets.

The Ambassadors feature non-stop laughs and deliver a positive message for kids wherever the Ambassadors play. “At our shows, we want the kids to know that they’re part of our team too,” Coach Ladè Majic said. “We invite as many kids as we can to come sit on the bench, have a front row seat during the show, and get involved in all of the fun stuff we do.”

The Ambassadors have worked extensively with many organizations, and perform more than 200 shows a year. Those shows have helped raise millions of dollars – an accomplishment of which Ambassadors President Dale Moss is very proud.

“It feels good to be able to provide quality entertainment and create memories that the fans will take with them,” Moss explained. “We’re able to give even more when we can help provide funding for a Habitat for Humanity house or new computers for the school library, and that feels great.”

Now, with the help of our local community, the Harlem Ambassadors will be able to help Randolph County. As an all volunteer organization, NAMI Wedowee serves as a local resource for education, information and support. NAMI Wedowee is an organization dedicated to advocacy, support, and education of people with mental illness and their families. Their mission is to eradicate mental illness and to improve the quality of life for all of those whose life is affected by those diseases. NAMI has many programs that will benefit families and individuals who are affected by mental illness. There continues to be a need for improved services and treatment for persons with mental illness. NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness through its members unified advocacy efforts.

“We would like to thank all of our sponsors and donors for their help in making this event successful.” Wright said.

Tickets are available at the door for $10 each or a family pack of five tickets for $40.



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