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Harlem Ambassadors bring message to Rugby

September 20, 2013
Pierce County Tribune

The Harlem Ambassadors try to bring two messages to their basketball shows: fun and entertainment on the court, as well as safety and responsibility for students.

The Ambassadors will be playing in Rugby on Oct. 13 against a team of local players.

The game, which was set up by the Jaycees and sponsored by a number of local businesses, is set to start at 4 p.m. at the Rugby High School gym.

Tickets are available at Merchants Bank and Farm Credit Services.

The Ambassadors bring a show very similar to the legendary Harlem Globetrotters, but also promote their motto "Stay in School, Stay off Drugs."

"They contacted us through email," said Jaycees co-president Brekka Belisle. "I brought it to the Jaycees to see if it was something we wanted to do. They push the motto 'Stay in School, Stay off Drugs,' and a lot of their players have inspirational stories. We're excited. I think it's going to be a great family event."

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Jaycees Jammerz Team

Jen Ramsey

Jen Brossart

Chris Bieri

Kyle Anderson

Angela Hager

Brooks Houim

Dan Corum

Mike Santjer

Kris Wangler

Toby McCabe

Shane Livedalen

Liz Blessum

Rob Hovland

Brock Haman

Kevin Lashman

DeAnna Heidlebaugh

Jerry Sears

The Ambassadors were formed in 1988 in Colorado and have toured internationally.

The Ambassadors will take on the Jaycees Jammerz in a game that will feature two competitive quarters and two quarters in which the Ambassadors will display some of the tricks and routines similar to those popularized by the Globetrotters.

"I've heard from a lot of people buying tickets that they've seen them and it's a fun family event," Belisle said. "It should be a fun afternoon."

The Ambassadors will also be providing an autographed basketball to be auctioned off and will do an autograph session following the game.

Belisle said concessions will be available as well as Ambassadors merchandise.



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