Supporting my girls on the Arlington HS b-ball team. You're not a real boss until you take a loss!


Comedian-actor Mike Epps intends to bring a positive message today to members of Arlington High School's girls basketball team -- players who sustained a headline-making 107-2 loss to Bloomington South on Monday night. / ROBERT SCHEER / The Star

Mike Epps visiting Arlington basketball team to boost morale

Comedian-actor to meet players who sustained headline-making loss

Event promoter Amp Harris and Indianapolis native Epps (whose acting credits include “Next Friday” and “The Hangover”) organized a 3:30 p.m. meeting with the Arlington athletes, who weren’t told in advance about the celebrity visit.

Harris said the girls need encouragement and a boost in morale.

“It’s a situation where you think the whole world looks at you like a failure,” Harris said. “Your self-esteem is shot. My thing is to surround them with positive people to let them know that they’re not on an island by themselves.”

Arlington was taken over by a private company prior to this season, causing many students to transfer to remain in Indianapolis Public Schools. First-year coach Ebony Jackson told The Star that her team has almost no basketball experience.

Contact Star reporter David Lindquist at (317) 444-6404 or @317lindquist on Twitter.