The Harlem Ambassadors
Professional Show Basketball team was conceived in October 1997 by
Dale Moss. Moss combined an extensive career in professional sports management
and marketing with an entrepreneurial desire to create the Harlem Ambassadors
concept. Already operating a sports marketing firm in Fort Collins,
Colorado, Moss began seeking a central figure to direct the basketball
operations of the Harlem Ambassadors.
Through discussions with several persons, Moss had chosen to contact S. “Ladè Majic” Prophète regarding this role. She was the first and only choice for the position, but was out-of-touch playing professionally in Israel. While on a scouting trip for players in New York, Moss learned that she had returned from overseas, met with her, and found they shared a common vision for a show basketball team. Ladè Majic signed with the Harlem Ambassadors in April 1998.
The first training camp was held
in September 1998 and the team launched their inaugural tour in
October. The first-ever Harlem Ambassadors game was played in Mountain
Home, Idaho on October 10, 1998. The first season saw the Ambassadors
play approximately 30 games.
The Harlem Ambassadors have experienced steady growth in the eleven seasons of touring. The Harlem Ambassadors have been committed to presenting a wholesome family show with high-quality performers since day one and Dale Moss attributes the team's continuous growth to that focus.
During the history of the Ambassadors, the team has made multiple foreign tours. Included in the list of nations and overseas territories that the Ambassadors have visited are Canada, Germany, England, Iceland, Macedonia (FYROM), Bosnia, Kosovo, Hungary, Korea, Japan, Cuba (Guantanamo Bay Naval Station), Puerto Rico, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, Palau, and French Polynesia (Tahiti).
Beginning in the 2002-03 season, a second touring unit was spun off. Today, at any given point in the season, there are two Harlem Ambassadors' units performing in different parts of the country. The group performing primarily east of the Mississippi is designated as the "Red, White, and Blue" unit, while the western touring squad in called the "Stars and Stripes" unit. Between the two units, the Harlem Ambassadors performed 219 events and 115 "Stay in School, Stay off Drugs" youth programs during the 2010-11 season.
The team annually holds a two week pre-season training camp at Evangelical Covenant Church in Fort Collins, Colorado. Performers are selected not only for their basketball skills, but also for their positive lifestyles and ability to truly be "Ambassadors" both on-and-off the court.
Due to the rigors of the road and the demands of touring, most performers stay with the team for a year or two before moving on to a more sedentary life. Ladè Majic is the exception, having been on tour with the Ambassadors in each of the team's fourteen seasons. Among the performers who have contributed to the growth of the Ambassadors with multi-year committments are Bobby "Sugar Bear" Patman, Reggie Robinson, T'Neisha "Lil T" Turner, Jesse "Nephew" Whintly, and Ketrick "Jugglin' Jazz" Copeland.