Mayor Brown Congratulates Jacksonville Giants as ABA National Champions | Events
It’s official. After a parade honoring the Jacksonville Giants’ 2012 ABA National Championship, Mayor Alvin Brown read a proclamation, designating May 3, 2012, as “Giants National Champions Day.” Mayor Brown announced to the players, coaches, administrative staff, and fans that the City of Jacksonville was both supportive and proud of the Giants’ success this season and the team’s accomplishments in Season Two. Team Owner Ron Sholes, Head Coach Kevin Waters, and the players accepted the 2012 ABA National Championship trophy. This is the first time in Jacksonville’s history that a Jacksonville-based professional basketball team has won a National Championship.
The parade was everything that the Giants expected and more. With Terry Parker High School’s NJROTC leading the parade, the parade started at Everbank Stadium and ended at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Showing his passion for basketball, this grand City of Jacksonville and the Giants’ team, Mayor Alvin Brown, proudly wearing a Giants’ autographed official team basketball jersey, waved from a green Model T Antique car provided by the Amelia Concours D'Elegance.
Richard Miller (Miller on Sports) chose to ride in another antique car, dated 1952. Head Coach Kevin Waters and his wife Chantell, Assistant Head Coach David Graham and his wife Erica, Team Captain Anthony Lumpkin, and all the players rode behind the antique Fire Truck that carried “The Green Giant” (Nicholas Seymour), the Mascot of Miller on Sports. Local talent and fan favorite Antonio (“Red”) Lawrence, who always provides the extra entertainment for the fans of the Giants’ games, was riding in the jump seat of one of the antique cars. Renaldo Norman, another fan favorite, brought an unexpected guest, his brother, Josh Norman, who was recently drafted by the NFL to play for the Carolina Panthers, as a cornerback.
Upon arriving at the Arena, The Voice of the Giants, Richard Miller, officially opened the festivities by welcoming Mayor Alvin Brown, Team Owner Ron Sholes, Head Coach Kevin Waters, the players, and fans. Showing appreciation to the players and his coaching staff, Head Coach Waters accepted the 2012 ABA National Championship Trophy for the team. As Waters’ coaching staff and the players held the Trophy high in the air so all the fans could see, the crowd cheered. It was highly apparent how proud the City of Jacksonville is of the team’s accomplishments. In reading the Proclamation, Mayor Alvin Brown vowed that he will be back next year for more Jacksonville Giants Basketball. Showing his love for the team’s Mascot, Mayor Brown recognized MR. Biggs and called him up to the stage to join the team. Immediately following the Trophy Presentation and team photographs, the players and coaches signed T-shirts and posters that were provided free to the fans by the Law Offices of Ron Sholes and Eastport Apartments, the official housing partner of the Jacksonville Giants. The Special Formula Band entertained the crowd, as the fans enjoyed the celebration well into the evening.
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