Harlem All-Stars to visit Patterson
by PI Staff
Apr 04, 2012 | 1034 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Meadowlark Lemon, known for 24 years as the Clown Prince of Basketball with the Harlem Globetrotters, will play with the Harlem All-Stars in a charity basketball game on April 28 at 7 p.m. at Patterson High School.

A team of local celebrities — representatives from Patterson High and special guests, including Patterson Mayor Luis Molina — will take on the professional entertainers.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the Center for Human Services Patterson Teen Center, a local hub for youth activity and community engagement.

Lemon is considered one of the most distinguished members of the Harlem Globetrotters. He's traveled more than 4 million miles and played in nearly 16,000 basketball games in his career — some in front of popes, kings, queens and presidents, according to his website.

He was most recognized for his patented hook shot and comedic touch. Lemon was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.

In addition to the game, Lemon will entertain fans behind the microphone with a halftime presentation dedicated to the Patterson Teen Center.

The center, opened in 2002 by CHS, is located at 1040 W. Las Palmas Ave. and provides after-school activities for teens in the community at a safe location. Individuals attending the Teen Center can also participate in activities that build life skills and developmental assets.

Tickets for the charity game can be purchased in advance for $15 to $20 at Patterson High School, 200 N. Seventh St., or at the Hammond Senior Center, 1033 W. Las Palmas Ave. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available for $50.

For information: City of Patterson Parks and Recreation Department, 895-8180; or Patterson Teen Center, 895-3536.

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