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The Chautauqua Hurricane
The former Jamestown Hurricane professional team has found a permanent home in Dunkirk, NY. The new team will be called the Chautauqua Hurricane. The Hurricane will participate in the American Basketball Association. The season tips off November 2015.
“We are looking for local talent from the Dunkirk, Fredonia, and Jamestown area,” stated owner Tawan Slaughter. The move to Dunkirk comes after team owners received letters and emails from the community asking for the team to include all of Chautauqua County. “At the end of the day it’s about the fans, and the community. We did not want to isolate the team to just the Jamestown community, players, and fans,” stated Tawan Slaughter.
The 2014-2015 season, included Fredonia State standout, Tyrone Clark, who recently landed a job with the Harlem Globetrotters, and Jamestown standout Maceo Wofford.
The Hurricane organization has met with the faculty at the State University of Fredonia to start an internship program with the team. “We are looking for interns from the local colleges who are looking for experience in sales, marketing, coaching. Merchandising, and more,” stated owner, Tawan Slaughter.
The Hurricane will play an 15 regular season game schedule with potential playoffs. There will be teams coming in from Pittsburgh, Boston, Buffalo, West Virginia, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Pittsburgh to name a few. Fans will see a variety of teams through the season.
The Hurricane will be announcing a home venue and new head coach. All home games will be played on Sunday afternoons with one evening game. The schedule will be announced September 7th, and tickets will go on sale that day. Fans can purchase tickets online at www.chautauquahurricane.net.