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Harlem Ambassadors Come to Amelia Island

Feb 10, 2016 02:00AM
Each year the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club sponsors the Harlem Ambassadors for a family-friendly event held at the Fernandina Beach High School gymnasium. The Ambassadors take on the Nassau Nets to raise money for the club’s Dollars for Scholars program. The event will be held on February 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and are available at VyStar Credit Union, 1900 South 14th Street, or by calling (904) 908-2463.

About the Ambassadors:

The Harlem Ambassadors Professional Show Basketball team was conceived in October 1997 by Dale Moss. Moss combined an extensive career in professional sports management and marketing with an entrepreneurial desire to create the Harlem Ambassadors concept. Already operating a sports marketing firm in Fort Collins, Colorado, Moss began seeking a central figure to direct the basketball operations of the Harlem Ambassadors. Through discussions with several persons, Moss had chosen to contact S. “Ladè Majic” Prophète regarding this role. She was the first and only choice for the position, but was out-of-touch playing professionally in Israel. While on a scouting trip for players in New York, Moss learned that she had returned from overseas, met with her, and found they shared a common vision for a show basketball team. Ladè Majic signed with the Harlem Ambassadors in April 1998.

The first training camp was held in September 1998 and the team launched their inaugural tour in October. The first-ever Harlem Ambassadors game was played in Mountain Home, Idaho on October 10, 1998. The first season saw the Ambassadors play approximately 30 games.

The Harlem Ambassadors have experienced steady growth since 1998 and are committed to presenting a wholesome family show with high-quality performers. President Dale Moss attributes the team's continuous growth to its focus on quality people and a commitment to superior customer service and audience-pleasing event performance. During the history of the Ambassadors, the team has made multiple international tours. Included in the list of nations and overseas territories that the Ambassadors have visited are Canada, Germany, England, Iceland, Macedonia (FYROM), Bosnia, Kosovo, Hungary, Korea, Japan, Cuba (Guantanamo Bay Naval Station), Puerto Rico, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, Palau, and French Polynesia (Tahiti). In the 2002-03 season, a second touring unit was spun off. The group performing primarily east of the Mississippi was designated the "Red, White, and Blue" unit and the western touring squad was called the "Stars and Stripes" unit. Between the two units, the Harlem Ambassadors perform 200 shows and 150 "Stay in School, Stay off Drugs" youth programs each season.

The team annually holds a two week pre-season training camp and mid-season training camp at Council Tree Covenant Church in Fort Collins, Colo, and Great Lakes Naval Base in Great Lakes, Ill. Performers are selected not only for their basketball and entertainment skills, but also for their positive lifestyles and ability to be "Ambassadors" both on and off the court.