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April 29, 2009 > A 'ri-Dunk-ulously' good time

A 'ri-Dunk-ulously' good time

By Amisha Gandhi

The Tri-Cities have been challenged to appear on the basketball court of honor by a group of fun-loving, yet formidable opponents. The duel of honor will take place with a magical touch of showmanship when the Harlem Ambassadors bring their bag of tricks to Newark Memorial High School. Formed to spread a message of good scholarship, racial harmony and a drug-free life, the Harlem Ambassadors practice what they preach as every member has pledged his or her adherence to this policy. Players are not only highly professional and entertaining on the court, but all reject illicit drugs and have either earned a college degree or are currently working toward that goal.

For those who come to enjoy an exhibition of exceptional basketball skill, the Harlem Ambassadors will not disappoint. But for others who just want to have a good time watching a combination of dance, comedy and a multitude of shenanigans, the evening belongs to you too. Enjoy an unforgettable experience filled with family fun and laugh-out-loud basketball. Root for the home team as the Tri-City Hoopsters try to outmaneuver the wily Harlem Ambassadors.

The Tri-City Hoopsters boast an all-star lineup including: California State Sen. Ellen Corbett District Representative Katie "the tiger" Tague, Newark City Manager John "the bomb" Becker, Newark Police Department Commander Tom "the magician" Milner, Hilton Hotel Manager Greg "merciless" McGee, former Fremont City Council Member Dominic "the dominator" Dutra, Newark firefighter Mark "clutch" Cavahaugh, Newark Memorial High School basketball coach Craig "astonishing" Ashmore, Newark Memorial High School teacher Mark "the ninja" Narciso, Ohlone College basketball coach John "the persuader" Peterson, Jay "the slayer" Swardenski of the Fremont Fire Department, Dick "marauder" Modzeleski of Rainbow Funding & Realty, Ken "super slam" Schramm of Reliant Technologies, James "the judge" Jerome of Cargill Salt, Cabrillo Elementary School teacher Frances "ballistic" Becker, Fremont firefighter Brian "the godfather" Guernsey, Fremont teacher and columnist Jaime "rough-and-ready" Richards, attorney David "the beast" Benoun, Eric "the captivator" Cunningham, Chadwick "super cool" Sides, Chris "the golden one" Gratz and Dennis "the scintillator" Schoenfeld.

Harlem Ambassadors vs. Tri-City Hoopsters
Friday, May 1
7 p.m.
Newark Memorial High School Event Center
39375 Cedar Blvd., Newark
(510) 793-5683

Adult pre-sale $8 ($10 at the door), students $5, children under 4 free

Advance tickets sales are available at:
* The Book End, 5678 Thornton Ave., Newark Square Shopping Center
* Rick's Sundale Barbershop, 4949 Stevenson Blvd # O, Fremont
* Ohlone College Bookstore, 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
* Tri-Cities League of Volunteers, 36120 Ruschin Dr., Newark
* www.lov.org

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