The Harlem Ambassadors professional show basketball team will perform 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 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 event is being organized by Crawford County Optimist Club, Kiwanis Club of Van Buren and Alma Rotary Club. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs in Alma and Van Buren.

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.

Locally, the Harlem Ambassadors will be challenged by the Crawford County Dawgs, a team which is in the process of being organized. Cheerleaders also are being recruited.

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

Summit Medical Center will be one of four quarter sponsors. The other three sponsors are being requited, Nave said.

Since 1998, Harlem Ambassadors Inc. has partnered with hundreds of non-profit organizations in all 50 states and 20 foreign countries.

The Harlem Ambassadors show is designed for families and is appropriate for audience members of all ages, from kids to kids-at-heart, Nave said.

"At a Harlem Ambassadors event, you will see kids of all ages, parents and grandparents laughing together, singing along to the music, and dancing in their seats," he said.

A Harlem Ambassadors show is a basketball game filled with comedy, music, skits, and interactive games with the kids.

"During the show, children may have an opportunity to participate in games and win prizes," Nave said. "Everyone will be able to meet the Harlem Ambassadors after the game and get autographs from their favorite performers. The Harlem Ambassadors make great role models for kids, modeling a drug-free lifestyle as professional athletes"