Harlem Ambassadors present a positive message through basketball (Video)
Jan. 28, 2012 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 28, 2012 at 7:29 p.m.
The Harlem Ambassadors opened the show with fancy dribbling, passing and other tricks as they danced to upbeat music and the cheers of bleachers full of parents and children Saturday night.
Garrett Grammer, 14, and Andrew Taylor, 13, watched wide-eyed as the Ambassadors performed tricks and laughed at their jokes during the opening act at the event sponsored by the Victoria Crossroads Kiwanis Club.
Both students from Howell Middle School are basketball players.
Garrett, who has played basketball for as long as he can remember, heard about the Harlem Ambassadors event through a flier he received from his basketball coach at Howell. He looked forward to seeing local coaches - particularly the assistant basketball coach from East where his father coaches - play against the Ambassadors.
Andrew had also received a flier from his basketball coach, but he was ultimately convinced he wanted to see the show by video they had seen of the Harlem Ambassadors on YouTube.
The Harlem Ambassadors played basketball against the local Crossroads Stars - a team made up of local players, including some coaches.
Between quarters, the Ambassadors performed more tricks and interacted with children.
But the Harlem Ambassadors are not just basketball stars; they are role models for children.
From Alex Wright, standing at 6 feet, 5 inches with a degree in Business Administration, to Tiffara Steward checking in at 4 feet, 6 inches with a degree in business management, all of the Ambassadors have pursued higher education.
"Kiwanis is all about kids, and we like the message these guys bring
, 'Stay off drugs and stay in school,'" said Stan Hamlyn, the president of the Victoria Crossroads Kiwanis Club. "They also cater to the younger kids, which we like."