The Harlem Ambassadors Basketball Team brought its positive message of music, dancing, fun and, of course, basketball, to Molokai High School and Middle School today.
The assembly today came with the theme “stay in school, stay off drugs.” Team leader “Lady Magic” talked to the students about what it takes to be an Ambassador — a college degree and a commitment to live a drug-free life.
The Ambassadors will display their hardcourt wizardry in a performance tomorrow evening at The Barn at Molokai High School starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at Rawlins Chevron, Molokai Community Federal Credit Union and Molokai High School.
During today’s assembly — following a sampling of some ball handling skills, dance moves and a few slam dunks — each Harlem Ambassador spoke directly to the students about how they overcame adversity to find success in life. One Ambassador, A.J., spoke about his need for two operations to correct a heart defect. On two occasions after the first operation he almost died, but through hard work and dedication he found full health and is going to school for kinesiology.
One Ambassador talked about the temptations of street life, drugs and alcohol and the difficulty of avoiding peer pressure. Another one spoke about losing both his parents at a young age but still working hard in school to earn a scholarship. Lady Magic spoke last, describing how she had to overcome domestic abuse and how she signed her college scholarship letter in a hospital sitting by the bed of her dying mother.
Students then had an opportunity to ask the Ambassadors questions. “How important is it to overcome adversity to be successful in life?” asked senior Paul Parker. “How tall are you?” asked seventh-grader Ana Ludgate. “Is your faith in God important in your life?” asked freshman Nainoa Bishaw.
The Molokai Chamber of Commerce organized the visit. Tonight, starting at 5:30 pm. at Paddlers’ Inn, the community is invited to welcome the Harlem Ambassadors. Paddlers’ will offer free light pupus for this special reception.
The Chamber of Commerce seeks sponsorships to cover the cost of bringing these special guests to Molokai. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $100. An MVP sponsor ($2,500) receives 10 courtside tickets and 10 VIP tickets, recognition through the media, recognition during the game, a banner in the gymnasium representing your organization, four invitations to meet the players at a complimentary dinner after the game and your company can pick two players to play on the Molokai All-Stars team.
Other sponsorships are also available at the $1,000, $500 and $100 levels. Alamo Rental Cars has already shown its support as one of the local company sponsors.
For more information on a sponsorship, contact Robert Stephenson, president and CEO of the Molokai Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 808-646-0928.