The Harlem Ambassadors, not to be confused with that other basketball team from Harlem, will take on Meeker's best hoopsters during a game at Meeker High School at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Ambassadors will be returning to Meeker for the first time in four years. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and children under 4 get in for free.
The basketball team was brought to Meeker by the Meeker Recreation District.
Proceeds will go towards scholarships for Meeker recreation programs, such as gymnastics, basketball, dance and a day camp for kids.
The Ambassadors started in Fort Collins about five years ago. During their early days, they toured much of Colorado. Although they have performed in 39 states and 19 countries since the last time they played in Meeker, the team is excited to return because they received such a warm reception that time, Ambassadors President Dale Moss said.
"Our real desire is to serve small communities even if it means reducing fees," Moss said.
Like the Harlem Globetrott-ers, the Ambassadors play comical basketball games, pulling pranks and playing tricks on their opponents. But they differentiate themselves from the Globetrotters by playing locals at their games.
That makes every show an original, spontaneous experience, Moss said, unlike the Globetrotters who "act" while playing the same team night after night.
Another difference between the teams is that the Ambassadors are led by a female, Alicia Adderly, the "Show Basketball Princess."
Adderly initiates most of the comic mischief. Moss said. He said he has received letters from mothers who said their daughters watched Adderly play, and later put down their Barbie dolls in favor of basketballs.
Moss described the Ambassador's humor as "slapstick vaudeville comedy that appeals to all ages." He would add nothing more, saying it would be like a magician giving away his best tricks.
The audience in Meeker will be treated to the same show that is performed for audiences in college arenas, Moss said.
Tickets may be purchased at the Meeker Chamber of Commerce or the Meeker Recreation Hall.
Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.