Pair Scours Town For Teams To Face Ambassadors

Players, coaches and officials needed for April 30 benefit game featuring Harlem team

Rim residents are invited to throw their hats onto the court and register to compete in a charity game with the Harlem Ambassadors in April.

Rim residents are invited to throw their hats onto the court and register to compete in a charity game with the Harlem Ambassadors in April.


Mary McMullen and Cameron Davis are looking for a few good men.

Wait, let’s qualify that — the two are looking for a few good basketball players, coaches and officials.

McMullen and Davis are currently assembling the group of hoop aficionados to help host the Harlem Ambassador basketball team during its benefit appearance April 30 in Wilson Dome.

The Harlem team, which travels the world helping raise money for non-profits and service organizations, will be in Payson to support scholarships for Gila County Community College students and Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism programs.

To stage the benefit game against the Ambassadors, McMullen and Davis are in need of four teams of five persons each.

Each of the teams will play one quarter vs. the Ambassadors and two of the quarters will be competitive play and the other two more for fun and entertainment.

For one of the competitive quarters vs. the Ambassadors, Davis — the Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department — is hoping the men’s team that emerges victorious from the town-sponsored men’s basketball league will participate

McMullen envisions local coaches, whether they be from youth leagues, Rim Country Middle School or Payson High, form a team in either the fun or competitive quarters.

Both would like to see some persons who might be considered local “celebrities” put together a team.

The only prerequisite for participating is that the team members have some playing ability and know the nuances of the game.

In addition to needing the players, McMullen and Davis are scouring the Rim Country for basketball officials and coaches for each of the teams.

The officials do not have to be AIA certified, but should have a strong knowledge of the sport.

To participate either as a player, coach or official, there is a $165 application fee.

Both McMullen and Davis are encouraging potential participants to seek out local businesses or organizations as sponsors.

During the game, when the public address announcer calls out the names of players, coaches or officials, their sponsor will also be recognized.

Applications to participate on the Payson teams can be found at ParksRec.aspx.

Tickets to the game, which tips off at 7 p.m., are $5 per person in advance and $7 at the door. Children under 5 years will be admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism office at Green Valley Park or the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.


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