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Tickets Still Available for Habitat Basketball Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Contact Van Arnold - 601.266.5568   

Less than 300 tickets remain for the Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity basketball fundraiser between the Harlem Ambassadors and the Habitat Hoopsters set for Friday, Feb. 12 at William Carey University.

The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Carey’s Clinton Gymnasium. Proceeds from the contest will be used to defray construction costs of a new Habitat home for University of Southern Mississippi employee Melissa Carpenter.

Since 1998, the Harlem Ambassadors have partnered with hundreds of non-profit organizations in 49 states and 19 countries to provide a fresh, family-oriented basketball show. With a billing that proclaims, “It’s Not Your Grandfather’s Basketball Show,” the Harlem Ambassadors feature high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling and plenty of comedy. To see more visit

“Those who come out will see a fun-filled, family-oriented basketball show that is sure to get people laughing,” said Josh Duplantis, interim assistant director in the Office of Community Service Learning at Southern Miss. “Between the Harlem Ambassadors and the lineup of the Habitat Hoopsters, the evening will no doubt provide a one-of-a-kind show that truly benefits a terrific cause.”

The Habitat Hoopsters’ roster includes a mixture of familiar area celebrities such as former Southern Miss football standout Reggie Collier; Father Tommy Conway of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church; John Brown, assistant to Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and Bruce Case, pastor of Court Street United Methodist Church.

The raised block foundation has already been started on Carpenter’s Habitat home in Celeste Place Subdivision in Hattiesburg. Carpenter, who has never owned her own home, serves as a secretary in the Student Activities Office at Southern Miss.

Advance tickets for students and seniors are $7 and $9 for general admission. Day-of-the-game tickets for students and seniors will be $8 and $10 for general admission. All children age 4 and under will be admitted free. Tickets are available at all Citizens Bank locations; the Student Activities Hub at Southern Miss and the Habitat for Humanity office on Highway 42 in Hattiesburg. For more information call 601-266-6467 or 601-582-4663.

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