Harlem Ambassadors

The world-traveled Harlem Ambassadors will bring their fun-loving comedy basketball show to Ringgold High School on Saturday, March 18, when they take on the locally assembled Ringgold Locomotives team comprised of city officials, city employees, local celebrities, and former athletes. The event is a fund raiser for the Ringgold Downtown Development Authority.

Hoops and hijinks will take place at Ringgold High School on Saturday, March 18, when local challengers, the Ringgold Locomotives, take on the Harlem Ambassadors in a comedy basketballs show designed to entertain the whole family.

According to Ringgold Main Street Director Rhonda Johnson, the event is a fundraiser for the Ringgold Downtown Development Authority (DDA).

"It's going to be a lot of fun, and should be very entertaining," Johnson said.

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

The Harlem Ambassadors have performed more than 2,800 comedy basketball shows as fundraising and community entertainment events for non-profit organizations, the U.S. military and community service groups since 1998. These events have helped raise over $10 million for communities in 50 states and 20 countries. The Ambassadors have appeared at Pearl Harbor, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sarajevo, Korea, Japan, the Marshall Islands, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Georgia, Mexico, Germany, England and Canada.

“We're proud to give communities quality family entertainment that parents, grandparents and kids can enjoy together and make memories that last a lifetime,” Harlem Ambassadors president Dale Moss said. "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 neighbor, 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 Ambassadors will play against the Ringgold Locomotives team comprised of local players.

"We have scoured the region for skilled – and sometimes unskilled – players to take on the powerful Ambassadors," said DDA chairman Randall Franks. "What our team lacks in skill, they make up for in heart."

The Locomotives team includes Mayor Nick Millwood, city employees, local business owners, radio DJs, and local athletes.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. on March 18 at the Ringgold High School gym.

Tickets are $10 general admission, free for children ages four and under, and available at Ringgold City Hall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, email Rhonda Johnson at rjohnsonrch@gmail.com, or call 706-935-3061.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.