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Harlem Ambassadors to play Friday at Crime Stoppers benefit

The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will visit Pagosa Springs for a game at Pagosa Springs High School Gymnasium on Friday. Game time is 7 p.m. and doors open at 6:15.

The Harlem Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines.

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.”

This is a night of fun for the whole family. Tickets $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and kids 4 and under are free. Buy your tickets in advance at The Hub Bike Shop, River Pointe Coffee Cafe, Mountain Home Sound and Security or the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office. Tickets are also available at the door. Following the game will be an autograph and picture session.

The Ambassadors set themselves apart from other “Harlem-style” basketball teams by working with local not-for-profit and service organizations and holding Harlem Ambassadors shows as community fund-raising events. For Pagosa’s event, the Ambassadors have partnered with Archuleta County Crime Stoppers to help raise funds for the Tip Reward Program.

The Ambassadors have worked extensively with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters and American Red Cross, as well as Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs in communities throughout the U.S., 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.”

This story was posted on March 14, 2013.