The internationally acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will visit Iola-Scandinavia High School to benefit the school’s softball program.
The Ambassadors will take on the I-S Thunderbirds, an eclectic group of local leaders and celebrities, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.
Advance tickets are $8 can be purchased at the I-S high school and elementary school offices and at the I-S Community Fitness & Aquatic Center. Tickets will be $10 at the door and kids 4 and under are admitted free.
The Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines.
The team also delivers a positive message for kids, according to coach Ladè Majic.
“At our shows, we want the kids to know that they’re part of our team too,” 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 set themselves apart from other Harlem-style basketball teams by working with local not-for-profit and service organizations and holding shows as community fundraising events.
The Ambassadors have worked extensively with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters and American Red Cross, as well as Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs throughout the United States, and perform more than 200 shows a year.
Those shows have helped raise millions of dollars, an accomplishment Ambassadors president Dale Moss is very proud of.
“It feels good to be able to provide quality entertainment and create memories that the fans will take with them,” he said. “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.”