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Lace up your sneakers to take on the Harlem Ambassadors

Event is fundraiser for Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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You don’t have to be tall, talented or too athletic to play basketball with the Harlem Ambassadors. You just have to be a good sport and want to have lots of fun. The Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce is bringing the basketball show to the Del Oro High School gymnasium on May 13 and is recruiting players for a local team to compete against the slam-dunking, fun-loving Harlem Ambassadors. Loomis Chamber board member Fuzzy Jarnagin is among those assembling the team. Jarnagin said he’d like to see elementary school coaches and past players and coaches from Del Oro High School teams sign up to play. “Since part of the game is a fun game, we want some politicians, too, so they can be laughed at,” Jarnagin said. The 20-member local team will be made up of males and females, including athletes, business people and community members, who will all play on the same team. Jarnagin said the Harlem Ambassadors game is this year’s spring fundraiser for the chamber. Past events have included murder mystery dinner shows and concerts, which the chamber felt did not involve enough of the community. “We’re looking for a better, more fun event … This one fits the bill,” he said. To cover expenses, the chamber needs player sponsors, players who will sponsor themselves and major sponsors. For a fee of $225, the sponsor’s name will be imprinted on the individual player’s jersey. The major sponsor fee is $500. Both levels include admission tickets. The game, and admission, will be family friendly. Tickets for adults will be $9 in advance or $11 at the door; tickets for kids will be $7 in advance or $9 at the door. Children 4 and under will be admitted at no charge. Jarnagin said he would also like to hear from anyone who has had coaching experience as the team will need at least two coaches. He said the team needs to be assembled within the next two weeks so that practice can begin. Contact Jarnagin at 798-8586. There’s another opportunity for the community to get involved with the team. The chamber is holding a name-the-team contest. Submit your name idea by e-mail at manager@loomischamber.com. The winner receives four VIP center court tickets.