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Saturday November 25th 2017
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“Harlem All-Stars” Visit Gambell

On November 16th and 17th, the village of Gambell was treated to a weekend of some very special basketball entertainment. Sponsored by the local IRA, the Harlem All-Stars traveled from San Francisco to perform for the community, to host basketball camps for students, and to talk with classrooms about life skills and setting goals for the future. The whole community seemed anxious, thrilled, and very impressed with the skills and techniques of the visiting squad. What a great event for families to share in together! It was apparent on everyone’s faces just how enjoyable the weekend games were and how much the event was appreciated. The following are some quotes taken from the local elementary students:

“The best part was when I got my Harlem All-Star shirt signed by the players!”
—Zelia Nowpakahok-Noongwook

“The Harlem All-Stars were funny. They made me and others laugh a lot!”
—Wallace Ungwiluk

“Brian was the best because he showed us he could dunk at the camp!”
—Anthony Slwooko

“It was extremely fun when the Harlem All-Stars were here. I wish they were still here!”
—Sarah Campbell

“They had good teamwork passing around the ball!”
—Marissa Slwooko

“One of the funniest moments at the ball game was when they joked that there was water in a bucket. It wasjust torn up tickets and it faked everyone out. It was the best weekend I’ve had in a long time!”
—Ollin Apatiki

As a teacher I appreciate the efforts of the IRA and the whole Gambell community to make events like this possible. The memories of the Harlem All-Stars will be forever etched into the minds of many, especially the students.

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