Telluride-based One to One welcomes Harlem Ambassadors to town, 2/24

Telluride-based One to One welcomes Harlem Ambassadors to town, 2/24


Guess who’s coming to Telluride?  The answer is the word-famous Harlem Ambassadors.

Now guess why.

Last year, the Telluride-based One to One San Miguel Mentoring Program showed that it has what it takes to ride tough times: a healthy helping of imagination.

The creative non-profit earned its share of the (shrinking) pie by hosting the region’s first ever Top Chef event. The community response was over the top: The Peaks Resort & Spa in Mountain Village, the event venue, was packed to the rafters with crowds of people partying hardy for a good cause.

For One to One, it became a game of Can You Top This? Answer: Yes.

This year, One to One offers a whole other slant on entertainment: the Telluride region’s version of hoop dreams.

One to One has invited the Harlem Ambassadors to town for a community basketball game, which pits the high-flying, ball-handling pranksters against a team of local players. The event takes place Wednesday, March 2, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Middle School/High School gymnasium. Tickets, $8 for kids and $12 for adults, are on sale early at the Ah Haa School for the Arts or at the door on game night.

The home team calls itself “The Bus Drivers,” because they are going to “school” us on the sport. Among the players: Bruce Wright, Aric Maloy, Erika Heltner, Melanie Eggers, Dennis Lankes, Bob Altman, Mike Hughes, Johnny Hine, Luke Brown, JJ Ossola, Ian McCracken, Emil Sante, Scott Elkins. Referees are local realtors Ben Jackson, and Dan Henschel.

For further information, call Rachel Loomis Lee at 970-708-7715.

For a preview of what’s in store, watch the video of the Harlem Ambassadors in action.

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