There's no question Feb. 23 seems like quite a ways away, but that's definitely not the case for officials with the Big Spring Boys and Girls Club, which still needs donations from the public if they're going to bring the Harlem Ambassadors to town next month.
Boys and Girls Club Director Sonnett Hildebrand said the club plans to stage a basketball game between the Ambassadors and a group of local players Feb. 23 at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.
However, bringing the Ambassadors to Big Spring will be anything but cheap. Hildebrand says it will cost about $5,000 to pay all the bills related to bringing the team to town.
The team's visit won't just be a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club, though. Aside from displaying their basketball skills, the Ambassadors will also visit local schools and present their “Stay in School, Stay Off Drugs” program.
Hildebrand added that they need all the donations they can get, but stressed that it would be money well spent.
For more information, contact Hildebrand at 264-0455.
“The kids in the community deserve to experience the kind of show the Ambassadors bring with them," she said. "They deserve to be spoiled just a little from time to time. That's why we decided to bring the Ambassadors to Big Spring, and we're also hoping to be able to take the children in the Boys and Girls Club program on some educational and fun reward trips.”
The Ambassadors, who last visited two years ago, are well-known throughout the country for both their basketball skills and the message they deliver to schoolchildren.
Advance tickets for the game are also now on sale. They're priced at $3 for seniors, $4 for students and $5 for adults. Tickets purchased at the coliseum will be $4 for seniors, $5 for students and $6 for adults. Children 4 and under will be admitted free.
We here at the Herald realize we spend a lot of time using this space to promote worthy causes, and to be honest, we can't think of one more deserving of our community's support than the Boys and Girls Club.
So, if you have the ability, how about considering a donation to help out this worthy cause. At the very least, mark off Feb. 23 on your calendar and plan to attend the Ambassador's appearance.