Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Meadowlark in Omaha Next Week

The Fatherhood-Family Initiative is bringing Meadowlark Lemon to Omaha. Click below for details.

EVENT: Meadowlark Lemon and His Harlem All-Stars are performing Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at DJ Sokol Arena at Creighton University. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are free but must be obtained in advance. There will be no tickets available at the event. Call 402-502-1630 for tickets.

STORY LINES:

1) Meadowlark is now an ordained minister and there is an inspirational/motivational element to his message, which we think makes him a great fit for FFI.

2) It's worth noting during Black History Month that the Clown Prince of Basketball, perhaps the most widely recognized American sports figure around the world now that Muhammad Ali has retired from public life, experienced many sorrows and trials along the way. In some of the city's where white crowds cheered his on-court performance, Meadowlark was not allowed to stay in certain hotels or eat at certain restaurants. And yet he persevered with a relentlessly positive attitude. Now those times and ways are gone -- and Meadowlark is still going strong.

3) Meadowlark's advance man and team member Les "Pee Wee" Harrison is a native Omahan. In all the years he has been traveling with Meadowlark, this is the first time he gets to play in Omaha. Also, Kirk Trotter, dean of students at Jesuit Middle School, is part of the network of players around the country utilized by Meadowlark for such events. He'll be participating as well.

SPONSORS: FFI thanks Omaha Masonic Community Center Foundation, Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Nebraska, Prince Hall Education Fund, Scottish Rite Foundation of Omaha, Jesuit Middle School of Omaha, Creighton University, The David E. Slattery Companies, Anric Corporation, Bellevue University, Software Engineering Services, and Davis Companies.

PLAYERS: We're still recruiting players for the local team. Got game? I have a few people on my list but volunteers are welcome -- especially any former Creighton University power forwards who are public officials and belong to 100 Black Men of Omaha and the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Nebraska.

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