Photos and info by Mike Kellems
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So the LaPorte Legends lost 87-59. They joined a long line of good-humored teams willing to face the Harlem Ambassadors, a world-touring hoops team that happened to be 220-0 in its most recent season.
The Legends, a scrappy group of LaPorte educators and community members, expected anything and everything during the game at the LPHS gym on Oct. 15, 2012, and they got it — a little dancing, a little wrestling, a little … football? The impressive crowd of 1,500 or so enjoyed every moment.
The Ambassadors promote good citizenship, the value of staying in school and off drugs, and racial harmony. All team members are college graduates and role models. Earlier in the day, all La Porte Community Schools students grades 3 through 8 were bused to the high school gym, where the Ambassadors provided samples of their extraordinary on-court talents. They also spent a lot of time sharing their personal testimonies with themes including respect for others, perseverance, positivity, and following one’s dreams. Several students were made honorary Ambassadors and got to sit on the team bench with the players.
The daytime session with the students was sponsored by First Source Bank, as well as Garwood Orchards, Arnett Construction, Davis Disability Group and the Siefker Family. The La Porte Educational Development Foundation was instrumental in bringing the Harlem Ambassadors back to LaPorte. They last played here two years ago.