Harlem Ambassadors Return to Fernandina Beach

Last year, more than 600 fans packed the FBHS gym and had fun laughing at the Ambassadors' awesome athletic antics.

Harlem Ambassadors Return to Fernandina BeachFor the second year in a row, the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club will bring back the wildly entertaining Harlem Ambassadors basketball team for an exhibition game with the hometown team, the Nassau Nets. Played at Fernandina Beach High School, this game is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club’s college scholarship and charitable programs and is scheduled for Friday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. The FBHS Interact Club will be offering concessions, including Domino’s Pizza before and throughout the game and the proceeds will go towards their local and international projects.

Last year, the Ambassadors trounced the Nassau Nets 132-84, but the more than 600 fans that packed the FBHS gym were having too much fun watching dunks galore and laughing at the Ambassadors’ awesome athletic antics to care about the lopsided score. The Ambassadors also got the crowd and kids in the audience involved in the fun with skits, races and routines that kept the audience laughing throughout the evening.

All of the hilarity was for a good cause. Since 1993, the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach has awarded $393,000 in college scholarships to graduates of all four Nassau County high schools. “Our goal this year is to raise enough money to exceed the $400,000 mark in scholarships awarded,” said Rotary Club President Shannon Brown. “Hosting the Harlem Ambassadors helps us do that and provides a great evening of entertainment for families in our community.”

The Ambassadors’ goal is not only to play a high energy game, but to emphasize the importance of getting an education and living a positive lifestyle. All Ambassadors team members must be actively pursuing a college degree and must remain drug and alcohol free.

“They ran us ragged and almost scored more dunks than we did points, but we couldn’t be prouder to have played against such a great team,” said Nassau Nets player and Rotarian Trip Clark. “I’m excited for a rematch.”

The game has received tremendous support from the community with local businesses including Vystar Credit Union, The News-Leader, the Residence Inn and more providing sponsorships.

Tickets are available in advance at Vystar Credit Union, the AIFBY Chamber of Commerce or by calling Sean McGill at (904) 556-4225. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and free for children four and younger. The cost will increase by $2 on the day of the game.

For more information, visit the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club website at www.fernandinabeachrotaryclub.org.

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