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The Park Rapids Dream Team practiced Wednesday evening to prepare for Sunday's game against the Harlem Ambassadors. Back row, from left, are Ben Koppelman, Tyson Doke, Sue Tomte, Scott Kramer, Amy Lindow and Matt Brandt. Front row, from left, are Laura Henderson, Zach Holsman, Colter Diekmann, Mike Dewulf and Aaron Morris. Not pictured: Mark Hewitt and Dr. Scott Maanum. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Dream Team game is Sunday

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The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will be visiting Park Rapids for a game at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 at Century School gymnasium. The Harlem Ambassadors will be taking on "The Park Rapids Dream Team."

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The Harlem Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines.

The Ambassadors feature non-stop laughs and deliver a positive message for kids wherever the Ambassadors play. "At our shows, we want the kids to know that they're part of our team too," Coach Ladè Majic said. "We invite as many kids as we can to come sit on the bench, have a front row seat during the show, and get involved in all of the fun stuff we do."

The Ambassadors set themselves apart from other "Harlem-style" basketball teams by working with local not-for-profit and service organizations and holding Harlem Ambassadors shows as community fundraising events. For the Park Rapids event the Ambassadors have partnered with the Rotary Club of Park Rapids to help raise funds for Park Rapids Education & Activities Foundation and other community projects.

The Ambassadors have worked extensively with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters and American Red Cross as well as Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs in communities throughout the U.S., and perform more than 200 shows a year. Those shows have helped raise millions of dollars - an accomplishment of which Ambassadors President Dale Moss is very proud.

"It feels good to be able to provide quality entertainment and create memories that the fans will take with them," Moss explained. "We're able to give even more when we can help provide funding for local projects, and that feels great."

The game will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Century School gymnasium in Park Rapids.

Advance tickets can be purchased at Coborn's or J&B Foods in Park Rapids. Student tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door and adult tickets are $7 in advance and $9 at the door. Kids ages 4 and under will be admitted free.

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