Harlem Crowns back in Airdrie to take on the Chargers
Thursday, Feb 09, 2017 10:28 am
Once again the Harlem Crowns basketball team is visiting Airdrie to take on the Bert Church Chargers senior boys basketball team Feb. 16.
Similar to the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, the Crowns visit different communities to take on local teams in a fun game of basketball, showcasing not just their impressive skills in the sport, but also entertaining fans young and old alike with timely comedy routines and mid-game banter.
“I just want my kids to go out and have fun,” Chargers head coach Michael Sera said. “It’s for them to go out, have some fun, play as a team and get some laughs.
“There are memories to be made, both for the players and the spectators.”
This will be the second time the Crowns have made its way to Airdrie, after the team took on the Chargers seniors back in 2014.
“I didn’t really know what to expect,” Sera said. “To be honest it was one of the highlights of my coaching career.
“There is entertainment value to it. As a coach I just sit back and enjoy myself. I’m looking forward to it.”
Sera added games have been spread years apart to make the team’s appearance in Airdrie special each time it returns.
“You don’t want do it yearly because it will lose its luster,” Sera said. “You can build the excitement and get the crowd out and going once again.”
Although it must be obviously exciting for the senior team to put up their skills against the high-flying antics of the Crowns, the team hasn’t been focused on the upcoming game as it still has two regular season games remaining in the Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) regular season, Sera said.
“We’ve got bigger things to worry about right now,” he said. “Once we play Chestermere on Feb. 14, then we’ll talk about this game.”
With the game coming after the conclusion of the regular season, but just before the start of the post-season, which the Chargers have already qualified for, Sera said he expects his team to compete and play well against the Crowns. They should also enjoy themselves and take part in the show that the Crowns enjoy putting on out on the court, he said.
“I don’t even know what they’re going to tell the boys, but they are expected to run an offence,” Sera said. “It’s a game where they can go have fun without the pressure, but then come back ready for playoffs.
“Ironically the timing is very good for us because it’s an opportunity to let our guard down and just enjoy ourselves.”
The event is open to the public and is scheduled to take place on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Bert Church High School gymnasium. Tickets can be purchased prior to the event for $8 or at the door for $9. To purchase tickets contact Sera via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I’d encourage anybody to come,” Sera said. “If you like the Harlem Globetrotters, they’re pretty dang close and they put on a great show.
“If you want to bring your family out for a fun night, this is an opportunity to do so.”
For more information on the Crowns, visit the team website at harlemcrownsbasketball.com.