Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County is hosting the Harlem Ambassadors Basketball Show on Thursday, March 24, at Oak Ridge High School. This show is not only entertaining, organizers said, it also brings an important message to kids: “Stay off drugs, stay in school, don’t be a bully!”
The show starts at 6 p.m. March 24 at Wildcat Arena.
“Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County is so very appreciative of the businesses that are sponsoring this event,” a press release said. They include Life Safety Inspections, ORAU, MS Technology, Thrivent Financial, SL Industries, ORNL Federal Credit Union, A-Plus Concrete, Techmer PM, TNBank, Orthopaedic Surgeons of Oak Ridge, Tracy Larabee CPA, BWSC, Stoller, LEIDOS, Krogers, and J&M’s Butcher Shop.
“A special thank you to Hampton Inn and Shailesh Patel for housing the Ambassadors!” the press release said. Many individuals have also sponsored tickets so that student-athletes in Anderson County can come to the game for free.
The “opposing” team, the Habi-bats, is made up of local coaches and other local basketball standouts.
“Another special thank you to Doug Turner for putting this team together,” the press release said. “We hope to fill the arena and sell lots of hotdogs, all in an effort to raise money to build and repair homes in Anderson County.”
Tickets are available online at www.hfhac.org, at TNBank on Illinois Avenue, and the ReStore in Grove Center in Oak Ridge. Student and group discounts are available at TNBank and the ReStore, or you may call Charlotte Bowers at (865) 482-7713 at the Habitat for Humanity office.
Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical ministry that builds, repairs, and rehabilitates simple, decent, and affordable houses with participating families, working with diverse individuals, organizations, and faith communities to serve others. The HFHAC board—Pat Fain, Angela Goodale, Jason Utley, Chip Dooley, Jim Hardy, Gary Love, Jennifer Walker, Bryan Moore, Gerald Boyd, Scott Gillenwaters, and Cameron Ellis—have worked very hard to make the Anderson County, Tennessee, affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International a success. To quote Jimmy Carter: “Our dreams are big, our hopes high, our goals long-term, and the path is difficult. But the only failure is not to try.”
Habitat for Humanity does not give away houses, the press release said.
“Our partner families put in 400 hours of sweat equity, make a down payment on their home, and make monthly mortgage payments for up to 30 years,” the press release said. “The beauty of Habitat’s Homeowner Program is zero percent interest on the mortgage. This makes owning a home affordable for income-eligible families in Anderson County. Habitat International is working its way toward the goal of serving one million families, and we are almost there.
“Won’t you join us? Come to the Harlem Ambassador event, volunteer on the build site, or donate to help buy materials! There are many ways to work with Habitat for Humanity, helping to improve the lives of our neighbors.”
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