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Harlem Ambassadors to play benefit hoops game Thursday

Mar 14, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

High-flying slam dunks and other basketball attractions are on display at 7 p.m. Thursday at Wolverine Gym when the Harlem Ambassadors make a visit to Riverton.

The Harlem Ambassadors are a touring team of young men and women who have attended college and played college basketball. The team plays close to 220 games a year.

"R Recreation tries to do a community event each year, and this is the one that we have chosen for 2012," R Recreation director Mary Axthelm said.

"We try to make it for the entire county. We would love to have Lander come, Dubois and Shoshoni and all of the reservation towns."

The team is made up of two travelling units, the Red, White and Blue squad and the Stars and Stripes squad.

Each team travels across the United States and internationally performing fund-raising events for local non-profit groups.

The Harlem Ambassadors show includes a basketball game with comedy, music, skits and interactive games with the audience.

After the game, the Ambassadors will hold on autograph session for the fans attending the game.

"We have given tickets to a of the schools," Axthelm said.

R Recreation assistant director BriAnna Winter helped Axthelm put the show together.

"People can expect a show that is for the family," Axthelm said.

"It's for all ages. They are pretty good. It will be entertaining from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m."

The Harlem Ambassadors are coached by Lade Majic.

Ticket prices for the game are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Get advance tickets at the R Recreation office

in the Pro Tech building at Central Wyoming College.

"Our goal was to make the price so that everyone could come," Axthelm said.

Team

Local players selected to play against the Harlem Ambassadors are Jason Wood, Charlie Marshall, Matt Mortimore, Tyler Jordan, Misti Motisi, LeAnn Neville, Justin Taylor, Amy Hageman, Max Mills, Ricky Blackburn, Rocky Jorgensen, Keith Kocinski and Chuck Sebastian.

The team will be coached by Ranger sports editor Bruce Tippets.

"We picked players that our positive role models from our community," Axthelm said. "We wanted to pick someone that kids wanted to cheer for.

We have a lot of school teachers. We tried to get people that would generate excitement from their community. "

The team had a practice on Monday to prepare for the Harlem Ambassadors.

"The team was competitive," Axthelm said.

"We had several of own players that could dunk the ball and do some good ball handling."

The officials for the game are Fricso Saunders, Bruce Hinkley and Macey Fegler.

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