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Harlem Ambassadors coming to VB March 6

Members of the team that will oppose the Harlem Ambassadors professional show basketball team have been announced.

The Crawford County Dawgs will take on the Harlem Ambassadors Thursday, March 6, at the Clair Bates gym at Van Buren High School.

Adult tickets will be $10; children 12 and under $5. Children 4 and under will be admitted free.

The Crawford County Dawgs will include Anthony Brooks of Summit Medical Center, Ramon Gale of BOST, Nathan Riggs of SPMI, Fabio Naas of Van Buren First Baptist Church, Doug Young of Camp Kanakuk Kids Camp, Matt Vinson of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team, Glen Tankersly of Tankersly Foods, Chris Melton of Sykes Enterprises, Rick Haeberle from the Army 142nd and Matt Brady of the Van Buren Boys and Girls Club.

“This going to be fun and I plan to take care of business,” Brooks said.

If he can dunk a basketball over a Harlem Ambassador player, Brooks said he will immediately leave the game while he is ahead.

The event is being organized by Crawford County Optimist Club, Kiwanis Club of Van Buren and Alma Rotary Club. All of the proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs in Alma and Van Buren.

“The event will feature high-flying slam dunks and hilarious comedy routines,” said Brian Nave, event chairman. “The wholesome show will include fun for everyone.”

The Harlem Ambassadors team was conceived in 1997. The team launched its inaugural tour in October 1998 and has experienced steady growth in the 14 seasons of touring. Today, at any given point in the season, there are two Harlem Ambassadors’ units performing in different parts of the country.

The local event will be presented by Hope’s Creek Retirement Center. Skyes Enterprises will sponsor halftime, which will include a three-point shootout.

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