Hoopsters show off 'Touch' in benefit game

By: Susan Belknap- Press Tribune Editor
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INFO Box Harlem Ambassadors Tour basketball game May 4 7-9 p.m. Del Oro High School Loomis Tickets: $7 children (4-12) $9 adults Free – children under 4 A benefit for A Touch of Understanding 791-4146 For less than the cost of a movie, local families can enjoy an evening out close to home and feel good about donating to a good cause at the same time. The Harlem Ambassadors, an internationally acclaimed basketball team of men and women that features high-flying slam dunks, ball-handling tricks and comedy routines is coming to nearby Loomis May 4. “At our shows, we want the kids to know that they’re part of our team too,” team coach Lade Majic said in a news release. “We invite as many kids as we can to come sit on the bench, have a front row seat during the show and get involved in all the fun stuff we do.” According to Susan Dunbar, executive assistant for A Touch of Understanding, the basketball game is a fundraiser for the Granite Bay-based nonprofit organization. A Touch of Understanding is a hands-on disability awareness program that offers education to schools and adult groups as well about encouraging acceptance and respect for all individuals. “Our focus here at A Touch of Understanding is to stop the bullying and teasing that goes on for children with disabilities,” Dunbar said. “We want to let children know everyone is the same on the inside. Those with disabilities have things in their lives that make it hard for them. Currently more than 50 volunteers work with A Touch of Understanding, more than half of them with disabilities. In addition to attendance at the Harlem Ambassador game, A Touch of Understanding is seeking sponsors for the event. The deadline for sponsorship is April 15.