Harlem Ambassadors Charity Basketball Game this Tuesday

An all-star lineup of Churubusco players will take on the Harlem Ambassadors, a Harlem-trick style team with real skills. The Churubusco team will include local merchants, teachers, coaches, and firemen such as John Schmidt, JR Ford, James Ford, Jon Pelz, Jamie Perlich, Mike McBride, Todd Fleetwood and Phil Brackmann. 

The Churubusco Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the event, which will raise money for the annual Chamber Scholarship that is awarded to a CHS student each school year. 

The Harlem Ambassadors have all played college basketball and have college degrees in fields ranging from exercise science to business administration. 

They perform more than 100 school programs annually and approximately 220 fundraising games and entertainment events for non-profit organizations and the U.S. military. The team consists of both women and men who make excellent role models for girls and boys.

Tickets are on sale at Farmers & Merchants Bank, Star Financial Bank, Fort Financial Credit Union, K&K Video and the Elementary and Jr-Sr High School office. Advanced ticket prices are students/seniors (55+) $7 and adult $9, family pack $25 (5 tickets), at the door ticket prices students/seniors (55+) $9 and adults $11.

There are a limited number of VIP seats available for purchase. To purchase the VIP tickets, contact Dee Dee McCoy with the Chamber office at 693-2229.

In addition to the charity event on October 19, the Harlem Ambassadors will be presenting a program for 3rd-8th grade students on Monday, October 18. The “Stay in School, Stay off Drugs” youth program is very highly regarded from other schools that have held the Harlem Ambassadors at their schools.

In addition to providing high-quality family entertainment events, the Harlem Ambassadors perform “Stay in School, Stay off Drugs” assembly programs to encourage kids to work hard in school, respect themselves and their peers, listen to adult authority figures, believe in themselves, set goals, and focus on their education so they can achieve their goals. 

The school program is appropriate for elementary and middle school students and helps guide students at a time when they may be facing peer pressure and begin making decisions about saying “no” to drugs, alcohol, and other negative influences. During the 40-45 minute youth program, the team will perform a few ball handling tricks to grab the students’ attention, then the Harlem Ambassadors’ announcer will introduce the team members and each of the Harlem Ambassadors will share an individual inspirational message drawing from their personal stories. It is important to note that the Harlem Ambassadors are not recovering drug abusers, but rather persons of strong character who have made positive choices to earn college degrees and avoid negative influences. After each player speaks, there is a short question and answer session with the students to review the content of the program. “Kids may not always take what their parents say to heart, but they’ll listen to athletes who have a message,” said Lade Majic, coach of the Harlem Ambassadors. “It’s our way of reaching kids. Part of my life is devoted to keeping kids focused on making good choices in life.”

So mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 19, at 7 p.m. for a night filled with fun and laughter. Tickets are available for purchase at the school. If you have any questions please feel free to give the school a call at 693-2007.

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