School Programs

In addition to comedy basketball shows, the Harlem Ambassadors perform “Stay in School, Stay off Drugs, Don’t Be a Bully” assemblies, skills clinics, and family fun nights. The Harlem Ambassadors encourage kids to work hard in school, respect themselves and their peers, listen to adult authority figures, believe in themselves, set goals, not be a bully, and focus on their education.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN ASSEMBLY? During the 40-45 minute youth program, 2-3 Harlem Ambassadors will share an individual inspirational message drawing from their personal stories. They’ll talk about obstacles they’ve overcome and choices they’ve made to pursue an education, be an athlete, and stay substance-free. The presentation will include music, ball-handling artistry, and an interactive component with teachers and students. The school program is appropriate for elementary and middle school students (K-8th grade) and helps guide students at a time when they may be facing peer pressure and begin making decisions about saying “no” to drugs, alcohol, and other negative influences. WATCH A VIDEO

WHAT’S A FAMILY FUN NIGHT? The Family Fun Night is a Harlem Ambassadors half-court mini-game against 3-5 of your teachers, coaches, administrators and parents. This event is an hour-long condensed version of our full comedy basketball show and includes slam dunks, interactive games for students with the Harlem Ambassadors, content from our “Stay in School, Stay off Drugs, Don’t Be a Bully” assembly program, and an autograph/photograph session in your school gym.

WHO ARE THE HARLEM AMBASSADORS? The Harlem Ambassadors have all played college basketball and have college degrees in fields ranging from exercise science to business administration. They perform more than 150 school programs annually and approximately 220 fund-raising games and entertainment events for non-profit organizations and the U.S. military. The Ambassadors are women and men who are excellent role models for girls and boys. It is important to note that the Harlem Ambassadors are not recovering drug abusers, but rather persons of strong character who have made positive choices to earn college degrees and avoid negative influences.

“Kids may not always listen to their parents’ advice, but they’ll pay attention to athletes who have a message,” said Dale Moss, Harlem Ambassadors president. “The Ambassadors want kids to succeed and tell them that it takes perseverance, hard work, and a positive attitude to achieve their dreams.”