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Ambassadors to pay visit to Calipatria

March 28, 2001

CALIPATRIA — Fresh from a December tour of Japan and Korea, the Harlem Ambassadors show basketball team will visit Calipatria on April 9.

The Ambassadors will be in town to take on the Has Been Hoopsters, a team of local players, in a contest to benefit Calipatria High School athletics.

The Ambassadors show will feature high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling and comedy routines. The Ambassadors are led by their woman player/coach, Ladé Majic, the "queen of show basketball." She is the first woman in pro sports history to lead a team of male professional players.

The Ambassadors' Asian tour led the squad to Japan and Korea, where it entertained American troops.

"It was a great experience and the soldiers were so happy to see us, but we're glad to be back and playing in the USA," said Majic.

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Fans may see some similarities between the Ambassadors and other well-known show basketball teams, but the addition of a local challenging team offers a significant difference.

"We play a new group of challengers each night," said Ambassadors General Manager Dale Moss. "This contributes to an improvisational spontaneity fans don't see with that other Harlem team."

The Calipatria game is part of the Ambassadors 2000-2001 world tour that will see the team journey to three continents and 32 states.

The game will tip off at 7 p.m. in Erickson Gym at Calipatria High. Advance ticket prices are $5 for students and $8 for adults. Prices at the door will be $7 for students and $10 for adults. Children ages 4 and under will be admitted free of charge.

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