HARLEM AMBASSADORS READY TO RAZZLE-DAZZLE BROOKINGS-HARBOR

November 12, 2008 12:00 am

As their mission statement says, the Harlem Ambassadors "In addition to having a wholesome entertainment product. ... Are also good citizens, promoting the values of staying in school, staying off drugs and fostering racial harmony."

Their product is a mixture of hijinks and basketball skill, which they bring to towns around the U.S. and all over the world.

There'll also be an extra bonus or two for those who come to see the Ambassadors at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at the Brookings-Harbor High School gym.

Not only will the Ambassadors be taking on a team comprised of local icons, the events will also benefit the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

The Ambassadors' opponent, dubbed the Habitat Hammers, features the talents of local stars including BHHS Principal Bryan Wood, BHHS Athletic Director Jon Young, Steve Braun and Sarah McDonald of KURY Radio, Brookings City Councilman Dave Kitchen, Pastor Rick Green and 17 others.

The Hammers have been practicing over the last several weeks, and, as Curry County Habitat for Humanity board member Darlene Thomas said, they believe they're ready for the challenge.

"They're very excited," she said. "A lot of them haven't played in a while, so they're scrimmaging and stretching and getting ready to play."

They'll need all the practice they can get if they have any hopes of victory Friday night.

Thomas said she's looking forward to the laughter and spectacle that awaits those who plan to attend.

"They're going to see a show," she said. "It's a fun, clean, family event for local people, and for students, they'll get to see teachers and even their principal playing."

All proceeds of the event go to Curry County Habitat for Humanity, which will use the funds for their next planned project.

"We are trying to get enough funds to buy a piece of property to build a home on," she said.

Last year the local chapter built two condominium-styled homes and presented them to local families.

Thomas said the support for the Ambassadors' visit has been overwhelming. The players volunteered at several events over the last two months.

"We got volunteers to sign up at the Farmer's Market, at the Kalmiopsis home show and when we were selling tickets at Fred Meyer," she said.

Additionally, Curry General Hospital provided all the funding necessary to bring the Ambassadors to Brookings, according to Thomas.

The cost of the game is $6 in advance or $8 at the door. Tickets are currently available at Mory's, Ragz N' Bagz, and Words and Pictures.