Pack the CHS gym for a great cause

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Do you enjoy watching talented athletes slam dunk a basketball? Do you like family-friendly comedy? Would you be entertained by a show that gives local community leaders an opportunity to compete against trained professionals? Well, you're in luck. The South Barry County Habitat Hometown Heroes will take on the Harlem Ambassadors at the Cassville High School gymnasium at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

The Harlem Ambassadors, which were founded in 1998, give organizations an opportunity to bring a professional basketball show to their local communities and raise funds for non-for-profit efforts. These exciting events offer high-flying slam dunks, comical stunts and entertainment that is perfect for the whole family. In addition, the professional athletes strive to impact their youngest audience members by encouraging children to make positive choices, such as setting academic and athletic goals and remaining drug free.

Saturday's event will also impact our community for years to come. Proceeds from the Harlem Ambassadors show will benefit Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County. Board members have indicated that funds raised during the event will go directly to new building projects, which provide local families with housing at a low cost.

Nora Young, who has served as the local Habitat organization's board president for several years, recently told me that she is excited to see so many community members supporting the fundraiser by volunteering to play against the Harlem Ambassadors. Although these individuals are slightly apprehensive about what the show could have in store for them, over 20 community leaders have stepped up to play on the team, which has been organized by board member Justin Gates.

The Habitat Hometown Heroes will include local educators, alumni from area school districts, business owners, a pastor, the voice of the Cassville Wildcats, the county health department administrator and a YMCA director. These volunteers come from many walks of life, but all of them are ready to put their athletic abilities, and possibly their pride, on the line for our community. If these local individuals are willing to step forward to help raise funds for Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County, shouldn't we be willing to attend this weekend's event?

I hope to see families from across the county pack the CHS gymnasium on Saturday night. Whether you are rooting for the Habitat Hometown Heroes or the talented Harlem Ambassadors, this event is sure to entertain, and you will be supporting a great cause.

Lindsay Reed