Harlem Ambassadors captivate the kids, wow the crowd

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Ambassador Michael Hill shows his stuff with a reverse layup dunk.

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.

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Harlem Coach Lade Majic and LaPorte schools Supt. Glade Montgomery do a little dance before the game.

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A Lincoln Elementary student contemplates trying to give 6-9 Ambassador Brandon Harris a high five.

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Former Slicer hoops player Nick Otis stands in awe as Brandon Hill slams one home.

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Hailmann teacher David Ferris gets picked on by Ambassadors Coach Lade Majic.

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Ambassadors say goodbye to students following the daytime assembly.

LaPorte Legends and Harlem Ambassadors.

LaPorte Legends and Harlem Ambassadors.

The final score ...

The final score ...

One Response to “Harlem Ambassadors captivate the kids, wow the crowd”

  1. Lisa

    Oct 16. 2012

    What a great night of family fun!

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