Lace 'em up

Touring basketball show Harlem Ambassadors to play in Craig

The Harlem Ambassadors, a touring basketball show similar to the Globetrotters, will play against a team of local residents next month as a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

The Ambassadors, a team founded in 1998, will play the Moffat County All Stars, a team of about 15 local players. Game proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club, director Jonathan Godes said.

Harlem Ambassadors media relations manager Lee Miller said the Ambassadors offer "a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines."

He said the team sets itself apart from the Globetrotters and others by having a star female player. T'Neisha Turner is a former star player at Wesley College, a Division III school in Delaware.

"We're actually the only team in the world that tours with a female star player," Miller said.

Turner, a 5-foot, 5-inch guard, averaged 22.5 points per game in her senior season -- good for top 10 in the country for all divisions -- was a two-time Pennsylvania Athletic Conference player of the year and the school's all-time leading scorer for both men and women.

"She's a great ball handler and passer, a solid outside shooter and not afraid to lace them up against bigger male opponents," Ambassadors president and general manager Dale Moss said.

Veteran player Ketrick "Jazz" Copeland said a major emphasis for the Ambassadors is to serve as role models for youths. Organizers market the charity game as family-friendly entertainment.

"Kids are heavily involved in all of our shows," Copeland said. "We try to get every kid in the gym involved in the show in some way or another -- by playing games, dancing or just sitting on our bench and meeting the players."

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

What: Harlem Ambassadors basketball game

When: 7 p.m. Feb. 26

Where: Moffat County High School gymnasium

Tickets: Tickets go on sale today at the Boys and Girls Club of Craig, Samuelson True Value and Jackson's Office Supply. Advance tickets cost $3 for students and $6 for adults. At the door, tickets cost $5 for students and $8 for adults. Admission is free for students with a Boys and Girls Club membership card and for children 5 years old and younger.

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