An evening of entertainment and basketball in Conway in February will be more about eyes and glasses.
The Harlem Ambassadors, a touring team that provides entertainment and basketball for charitable organizations, will again make an appearance in Faulkner County for an exhibition against the Toad Suck Lions, a local all-star team.
The Ambassadors, who combine an assortment of slam dunks and comedy routines, will take on a group of local celebrities and former high school and college stars at 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17, on Cliff Garrison Court at the Hendrix Wellness and Athletic Center.
The local all-stars will be coached by Arkansas basketball legends Marvin Delph, Don Dyer, and Cliff Garrison as they did in last year’s event.
The Conway Noon Lions Club is sponsoring the contest for the second straight year to help fund one of its major projects — providing glasses and eye care to residents of Faulkner County who cannot afford them. Vision conservation is a primary objective of Lions Clubs International.
Tickets for the event are $1 for students, $3 for seniors, and $5 for adults when purchased in advance of the game. Children under 4 will be admitted free. The night of the game, prices will be $2, $4, and $6, respectively.
Tickets are being sold at the following locations: All Simmons First National Bank branches, Gary Cox, CPA (811 Parkway Avenue, Conway), the Log Cabin Democrat and the Faulkner County Library.
Jim Davidson, the event organizer, said he regrets the timing of the event could conflict with some church activities and services.
"Initially, the game was to be held during the afternoon, but conflicts with the availability of the Hendrix Wellness and Athletic Center as well as the Harlem Ambassadors’ commitments for games in other communities made it necessary to schedule the game for the evening." Davidson said.