A benefit basketball game in Jim Thorpe Sunday afternoon figures to take the roundball sport to a whole new entertainment level.
The contest is certain to be jam-packed with action galore when the internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors suit up to play the Jim Thorpe Thunder.
The game will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow in the Jim Thorpe Area High School gymnasium. The cost for adults is $8, and students $5. Children under age 4 are free.
Tickets may be purchased at all six branches of the Jim Thorpe National Bank, the Dimmick Memorial Library, the Pencor Super Store in Palmerton, and the Blue Ridge Communications offices in Lansford and Lehighton. Students in four organizations at Jim Thorpe Area High School are also offering them as well, and they are available by mail, or at the door.
The event is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Jim Thorpe, whose focus has been on youth through college scholarships to graduating seniors in three area high schools. They also provide opportunities for rising juniors to attend a weeklong summer leadership program held at Keystone College.
In addition, funds are directed to the summer camp program in Memorial Park, the Christmas Present Project for clothing to disadvantaged children, dictionaries to all third graders in the Jim Thorpe area, and to the exchange student program.
Many other requests from the community are also considered. Finally, funds are also sent to Rotary International to commingle with other clubs worldwide to eradicate polio.
The Harlem Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks, and hilarious comedy routines. Along with showcasing their incredible basketball talents, the Ambassadors also deliver a positive message for kids wherever they play.
They 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, which have helped raise millions of dollars.
The Thunder is a team composed of former area high school stars and Jim Thorpe personalities, as well as employees from several Pencor companies.
Jim Thorpe players include coaches Brian Carroll and Jason McElmoyle, Terry McElmoyle, Trisha McElmoyle, Kevin Binder, Ron Rabenold, Jeremy LaClair, Eric Schrantz, Jim Paluck, and UPS Brown truck beeper, Peggy Sue Harris.
Pencor players will include Jaime Mendes, Ed Kiss, Terry Ahner, James Tighe, Ryan Dutt, Travis Carroll, Johathan Gower, and Traci Cyr. Don Herman is the coach and Bill McGinley, Carbon County Clerk of Courts, will be wearing the striped shirt and blowing the whistle.
More information is available at www.jimthorperotary.org/ambassadors.cfm , or by calling 570-325-2346.