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The Harlem Crowns Return Bringing Laughter to the Community On Saturday, March 30 the sport, one must practice to get Community Center hosted the better. The benefts on dedicating Harlem Crowns Basketball Team themselves to this sport enabled to compete against the Chehalis them opportunities from basketball Stars. Tony Medina, Youth scholarships. It wasn’t easy, Center Director, scheduled this struggling to accomplish goals to fantastic evening of comedy and get there, but the mistakes helped showmanship. A face painting table mold each individuals character. was set up in the commons entry for They hope that achievements in any youth to have their face painted with young man’s life will develop his a design of their choosing. interests and carry them successfully Again, “Clownball” brought fts through life. Giving yourself self- of laughter to the Chehalis tribal pride, discipline, and leadership community. The Crowns kept qualities associated with sports. a running line of chatter going There are a number of young men through the game. Some old gags and women in the past who had the and some new ones, you never know talent to play basketball, but lacked when a real rib tickler will happen the necessary disciple to guide them throughout the game, combined with through the trying times. fancy displays of passing, dribbling, shooting, and slam dunks. There was a Native American Marvin Blackateer on the Harlem Before the activities started, Tony Crowns basketball team. He said Medina requested a few youth at the The Harlem Crowns Basketball Team encourages youth to use there are many things available for event to come forward to receive sports, culture and tradition to give themselves discipline and a young person could develop. Not their trophy for participating in the bring out leadership qualities. only sports, but learning Native Native Youth Basketball League. the youth and audience, and giving infuences of others, such as gangs; American culture and traditions: Their dedication and participation advice to the youth, the Crowns drugs and alcohol; failing school, learning from the Elders, weaving, was greatly appreciated, as they told it how it is… Each member of beading, carving, and the canoe demonstrated an effort in learning the Crowns took turns sharing their They used basketball to get them journey. Spending time and energy the game of basketball. story about growing up in the inner where they are today. They enjoyed in these activities will assist city. Many of the players were the game of basketball and they native youth to avoid some of the Half time was a time to share with making poor choices due to the had the skills. To be good at any challenges life has to offer. Page 2   
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