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Comedian Mike Epps visits Arlington (Ind.) players to boost morale after 107-2 loss

Mike Epps performs during a Super Bowl week stand-up comedy performance in Indianapolis / Bob Scheer, The Star

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.

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.

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"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.



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