The Harlem Ambassadors and the Nassau Nets Battle for Charity


Let the Games begin! No, not the Winter Olympics, but the equally exciting basketball match-up between the Harlem Ambassadors and the Nassau Nets slated for tip off at 7 p.m. on Friday February 28 in the Fernandina Beach High School Gym.


As in year’s past, the Ambassadors will use any means – fair or foul – to take down the Nets. The slam dunking, traveling troupe of professional hoopsters has taken their Harlem-style basketball shenanigans to all 50 states and several countries overseas to delight and amaze fans while helping organizations like the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club raise money for programs that serve local communities. “Bringing the Ambassadors to town to play the Nets provides not only great entertainment for our community, but also helps us raise money for our club’s college scholarship program,” said Club President Shannon Brown.”


Since the inception of its Dollars for Scholars program in 1994, the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club has awarded more than $300,000 in college scholarships to graduates of all four high schools in Nassau County.


This year’s Nassau Nets team roster will once again feature a wide range of hometown heroes, including several veterans of previous basketball wars against the Ambassadors: Jason Mudd, AXIA Public Relations; Josh Simmons, Fernandina Beach Police Department; John Ball, Yulee Middle School; Spencer Lodree, Fernandina Beach High School; Jonathan Levitt, CBC Bank; Tarla Millar; Scott Rivenbark, St. Michaels Academy; Teddy White, North Florida Shipping; Chris Webber, Fernandina Beach High School; Peter Harding, Baptist Medical Center Nassau; Stephen Mazingo, St. Peters Episcopal Church; Dr. George Le-Bert, Baptist Heart Specialists; Raleigh Green, Fernandina Beach Middle School; Jonathan Willis, Yulee High School; Steve Nicklas, Ameriprise Financial; Roody Joinville, Yulee High School; Alan Miller, Coastal Spine and Pain Center; Robin Lentz, Fernandina Beach Middle School; Robby Lewis, The Journey Church; Fernandina Beach Rotary Club member John Boylan and Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper.


“We’re still building our team,” said Nets Team Captain and Fernandina Beach Rotary Club Member Trip Clark. “Rumors have been circulating that the Ambassadors plan to send in a spy to watch the Nets practice and we plan to put them on notice that we’re here to play hard,” he added.


Support for the game has been high with a host of local businesses stepping up as sponsors and partners, including the Journey Church, Residence Inn, First Coast Community Bank, Wallace Pierson Travel, Baptist Medical Center Nassau, Vystar Credit Union, The News-Leader, Amelia Island Graphics, Green Pine Funeral Home and many more contributing to the cause. Sponsorships are still available by contacting Pamela Crouser at All proceeds go to fund the Fernandina Beach