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Harlem Ambassadors coming to Victoria

By BY SONNY LONG - SLONG@VICAD.COM
Jan. 20, 2012 at 6:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 20, 2012 at 7:21 p.m.

The Harlem Ambassadors will be at the former Memorial High gymnasium on Jan. 28. The event, sponsored by the Victoria Crossroads Kiwanis, will benefit are youth organizations and programs.

Victoria Crossroads Kiwanis

The Harlem Ambassadors will dribble into Victoria Saturday, Jan. 28.

Their hardcourt game includes ball handling tricks, slam dunks and hilarious comedy routines.

They will take on the team of Victoria Stars in a friendly, family-oriented fundraiser.

All the Ambassadors are college educated, drug-free, and positive in appearance. In addition to their basketball skills, they bring a message to the youth of the importance of staying in school and staying off drugs.

The undisputed Queen of Show Basketball, Lade Majic, directs the Harlem Ambassadors as lead show player, head coach and vice president of basketball operations.

This future hall-of-famer has played more show basketball games than any woman in history, according to the Ambassadors website.

Since 1998, Harlem Ambassadors have partnered with hundreds of nonprofit organizations in 50 states and 19 foreign countries.

Proceeds from the event, sponsored by the Victoria Crossroads Kiwanis, will go to sponsor the Victoria West High School Key Club, the Cuero High School Key Club, the Chandler Elementary Bringing Up Grades Program and the Bully Alert Program in many Victoria schools.

"They were very entertaining and brought their message of staying off drugs and staying in school loud and clear last year when we had them the first time," said Stan Hamlyn of Victoria Crossroads Kiwanis. "Unfortunately, we timed their event wrong. The basketball playoffs were going on and half of Victoria was in Gonzales that night. So we decided to bring them back."

"It's bargain family entertainment," Hamlyn added.

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