By Alicia Lacy

The Cove Herald

The Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce Chamber Ambassadors are ready to take it to the court - the basketball court that is - for the 3rd Annual Harlem Ambassadors basketball game Tuesday at Copperas Cove High School's new gymnasium.

The Harlem Ambassadors are a pro basketball team who disseminate the message of staying in school, staying drug-free and fostering racial harmony to the audience during four quarters of skits, entertainment and basketball.

The Harlem Ambassadors will take on the Cove Hot Shots, which is a team comprised of players sponsored by local businesses.

The Chamber of Commerce Chamber Ambassadors and the Communities Helping Americans Mature, Progress and Succeed partnered up to sponsor the event.

Chamber Ambassador Darrell Clemons said he has been planning the event since last year.

McDonald's, Mid-Tex Paint and Body, Precision Tune Auto Care, Roen Family Enterprises, Inc., Scholtzsky's, Jack Smith Homes, Seoul Garden, Storm's Hamburgers, ExtraCo Banks, Wal-Mart, Five Hills Fellowship, First Baptist Church and CHAMPS have all sponsored at least one player for the Cove Hot Shots team with Kevin Essemburg playing the role of team captain, and Copperas Cove Independent School District's Superintendent Dr. Rose Cameron and husband, Kevin Cameron, playing the role of referee for the game.

Chamber Ambassador Jennifer Wiley said the Camerons as referees are an added bonus.

"A fun evening of laughs and a professional basketball team playing against local business people, and that in itself is entertaining," Clemons said describing the event.

The Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce will have tickets available until the day of the game and tickets will be available at the door.

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