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Harlem Ambassadors return Feb. 22

Posted: January 4, 2014 - 4:05pm

The Harlem Ambassadors are returning to Conway in February for another night of fun and slam dunks at the expense of local celebrities.

The Ambassadors, a traveling team of former college athletes who combined acrobatic basketball with comedy, will take on the Toad Suck Lions, a local celebrity team, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, on Cliff Garrison Court at the Hendrix Wellness and Athletic Center.

The event serves as a major fundraiser for the Conway Noon Lions Club in its efforts to provide help to the blind and visually impaired citizens of Faulkner County by providing eye exams, eyeglasses, and, where needed, eye surgeries to those who could not otherwise afford such care.

The residents of Conway and Faulkner County have consistently supported the club’s efforts and have made it possible for the club to provide hundreds of eye exams and eyeglasses over the years. The community’s support has also enabled the club to annually provide three $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school students and to contribute to other sight conservation projects such as World Services for the Blind, Leader Dogs for the Blind, and Mid-South Sight and Hearing Services.

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. The Toad Suck Lions will again be coached by local legends Don Dyer, Cliff Garrison and Marvin Delph. The team will be made up of an outstanding lineup of local players who have earned MVP and all-conference recognitions.

Tickets for the game can be purchased in advance at all Faulkner County First Security Bank, Simmons First National Bank, and Summit Bank branches. Tickets are also available at Gary Cox, CPA (811 Parkway); the Log Cabin Democrat; and at the Faulkner County Library. Advance tickets for students are $1, Seniors (55 and over) are $3, and adult tickets are $5. Children, 4 and under will be admitted free. Tickets will cost $1 more on game night.

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