By DAVID MCCOLLUM
LOG CABIN STAFF WRITER
A trio of local basketball legends will again serve as coaches for the Toad Suck Lions celebrity all-star team that will take on the Harlem Ambassadors in a fund-raising exhibition at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Hendrix College Wellness and Athletic Center.
Funds from the exhibition contests will be used by the Conway Noon Lions Club to provide glasses and eyecare to needy individuals in Faulkner County who are blind or visually impaired.
The Ambassadors are a talented group of college-educated athletes who provide an entertaining evening of Harlem-style basketball with lots of skilled ballhandling, high-flying slam dunks, comedy routines, and crowd interaction. The Ambassadors, who endorse the values of staying in school and staying off drugs, assist non-profit organizations in their fundraisers by playing a team from the community.
Former UCA coach Don Dyer, former Hendrix College coach Cliff Garrison and Conway High and Arkansas Razorback basketball legend Marvin Delph, all members of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, will coach the Lions.
Dyer is the winningest men’s basketball coach in history at both Henderson State University (322-132) and the University of Central Arkansas (284-145). At the time of his retirement, his 29-year record of 606-277 tied him with Indiana’s Bob Knight on the all-time list. He is the only coach to take two different schools to the NAIA championship game.
Garrison retired in 2003 after 21 years as either head men’s coach or athletic director at Hendrix. At his retirement, he held the record for wins while coaching men an Arkansas college with 463 victories. He was named the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference Coach of the Year three times and was twice named NAIA District Coach of the Year. He received the Elijah Pitts Award for lifetime achievement by the Conway Athletic Awards Commission in 2010.
Delph is a native of Conway and let the Wampus Cats to state championship in 1973 and 1974. He went on to star at the University of Arkansas and, as a Razorback, was probably best known as a member of the famed “Triplets” along with Ronnie Brewer and Sidney Moncrief.
Tickets for the event will cost $1 for students, $3 for seniors, and $5 for adults when purchased in advance. Children under 4 will be admitted free. The night of the game, prices will be $2, $4, and $6, respectively.
Tickets are being sold at the following locations: All Simmons First National Bank branches, Gary Cox, CPA (811 Parkway Avenue), the Log Cabin Democrat, and the Faulkner County Library.