In addition to comedy basketball shows, the Harlem Ambassadors perform “Stay in School, Stay off Drugs, Don't Be a Bully” assemblies. 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 the 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 and 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 (preK-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.
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 100 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 take what their parents say to heart, but they’ll listen to athletes who have a message,” said Lade Majic, coach of the Harlem Ambassadors. “It’s our way of reaching kids. Part of my life is devoted to keeping kids focused on making good choices in life.”
To schedule a youth program, please contact Andria Simons, director of client services, at 1-888-386-4667 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
- "As a teacher at Warrenton, I am critical of the class time we give up when we attend assemblies. An assembly must meet stringent criteria in my opinion, to be worthy of taking valuable teaching time away from the classroom. The Harlem Ambassadors were a group that met my criteria. The time spent watching their performance and listening to their testimonials left a positive and lasting impact on my students." Shellie O'Connor, Warrenton Grade School, Warrenton, OR
- "It was a really excellent assembly, filled with fun, excitement, and personal, inspirational, and educational components throughout. The kids really enjoyed themselves. The personal stories were very powerful and the anti-bullying message was great. Excellent job and we will definitely have you come back!" Elizabeth Fischer, counselor, Sligo Creek Elementary School, Silver Spring, MD
- "The presentation to our Post Falls Middle School students was a resounding success. As one in attendance at this event, I was very impressed with the way that the team reached out to the students in an impactful way, combining humor and athletic ability with a straightforward message where education and personal decisions must be considered a priority to achieving goals and dreams. The students behaved in such a way as to confirm to me that they too valued the interest shown in them by the team." Jerry Lyon, president of Post Falls Kiwanis, Post Falls, ID
- “Our [game] day began with an excellent assembly at the local elementary school. The message delivered by your team was well-received and most pertinent to today’s need for continued education and diversion from the ever-present drug problem.” Don Stover, Newcastle Area Chamber of Commerce, Newcastle, WY
- “They kept the entire student population at attention throughout their presentations, leaving the kids cheering for more as they exited the gym.” Joel Campbell, Basketball NWT, Yukon, Canada
- “The personal testimony from members of the team was memorable and inspiring. This was well worth the additional expense.” Bobbi Jo Brown, Danville-Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity, Danville, VA
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If you're hosting a Harlem Ambassadors event, the assembly will increase excitement for the upcoming show. Read about how an assembly benefits your event. The Ambassadors Assembly Tour travels in advance of the Show Tour and can visit schools prior to the event (from the day before to a few weeks before your show).
"Our Club decided to take advantage of their school program of “stay in school and stay off drugs.” We were able to get enough sponsors to visit all 7 elementary schools. Telling their stories to the children of our county not only gave them a valuable lesson; it also generated excitement that they took home to their families. On event night citizens were lined up down the side walk – around the building – into the parking lot. We had a standing-room-only event! Our elementary schools were asking us to bring them back. It was so successful that we have booked them to come back next year." Katie Bell, president, Rotary Club of Grundy County, Coalmont, TN