The Harlem Ambassadors bring their high-flying slam dunks, comedy, music and dancing to Lake Country April 29 in a show hosted by the Lake Country Winfield Lions Club. (Photo submitted)

Basketball meets comedy

  • Apr. 14, 2017 4:30 a.m.

Hoops and hijinks are coming to Lake Country April 29 when the Lake Country Lakers take on the Harlem Ambassadors in a comedy basketball show the whole family will enjoy.

“We have scoured the region for skilled — and sometimes unskilled — players to take on the powerful Ambassadors,” said organizer Rick Harker, with the Lake Country Winfield Lions Club, which is hosting the event. “What our team lacks in skill, they make up for in heart.

“You’ll be able to witness how our enthusiastic local talent stacks up against the Ambassadors. It’s going to be a match-up we won’t soon forget.”

The event takes place at George Elliot secondary school April 29 at 7 p.m. and proceeds will go to Easter Seals Camp Winfield as well as to help George Elliot secondary school students travel to out-of-country basketball games.

The Lake Country Lakers team includes high school alumni, fire department members, the RCMP and the mayor.

Harker said the Harlem Ambassadors’ show features high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks, hilarious comedy, music, dancing and games with kids in the audience, with free autographs after the show.

“We’re proud to give communities quality family entertainment that parents, grandparents and kids can enjoy together and make memories that last a lifetime,” said Harlem Ambassadors president Dale Moss. “Even people who aren’t basketball fans love our show because it’s two hours of fun and laughter for a great cause. Plus, where else can you see your neighbour, your co-worker, your granddaughter’s coach or your son’s teacher play against professional athletes? This is an event you do not want to miss.”

The fun includes a meet-and-greet, shooting hoops and interaction with all the players on game day between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Save On Foods parking lot in Lake Country.

“Come and meet the team and our local players,” said Harker. “Watch as the kids interact with the Harlem Ambassadors as they dribble around the store and parking lot.”

The show takes place April 29 at 7 p.m. at George Elliot secondary school, 10241 Bottom Wood Lake Rd., Lake Country; general admission tickets are $10 per person, $15 VIP, $25 preferred, available at the school or through Brown Paper Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2899406

For more information, email Lion Rod Derksen at rrderksen@shaw.ca or call 250-766-3948. The event is sponsored by Super 8 Motel, AMI Clothing, Rellish Transport Services, Kelowna Minor Basketball Assoc, West Key Printing, Castanet, Sysco Foods, Save On Foods and Dairy Queen in Lake Country.

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