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Dale Moss - President/Executive Producer

The impresario behind the Harlem Ambassadors is President and Executive Producer, Dale Moss.  Moss founded the Harlem Ambassadors in 1998 and has guided the organization’s growth from 30 regional games with one squad during the first season to 220 events with two full-time touring units in the most recent season.

He oversees all phases of the operation including areas such as corporate sponsorship and international business growth. Moss has organized Harlem Ambassadors performances in 20 countries around the globe.  Moss also oversees performer recruitment and show development. He created the Ambassadors military program which has brought the Harlem Ambassadors team to entertain U.S. military personnel and their families at more than 120 different installations in all service branches worldwide.

Moss is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Prior to starting the Ambassadors, Moss worked extensively as a promotions consultant to more than 60 teams in the NBA, NFL, NHL, and Major League Baseball, as well as major corporate sports sponsors.  He began his sports management career working for professional soccer teams in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Chicago.

Dale and wife Paula are the proud parents of two daughters and proud grandparents of six. Reverend Paula Moss is an ordained minister who has a Bachelors Degree from Colorado Christian University and her master's degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.  Dale and Paula Moss are members of First Baptist Church of Lake Forest, IL where he is a Deacon and she leads the Women's Ministry.

An avid basketball participant, Moss can be found playing early morning pick up games in North Suburban Chicago where is known for giving the hard foul.  Moss is a multi-sport endurance athlete, has run several marathons (including a sub three hour performance at the Boston Marathon), competed in triathlons, and has completed swims both across the Golden Gate and from Alcatraz to San Francisco.

A lifelong sports fan, one of Dale's earliest memories is the Cleveland Browns winning the 1964 NFL title. One of his first “jobs” in sports was carrying leaderboards for PGA tournaments at Firestone Country Club in nearby Akron. "They paid you with a meal ticket for a hot dog and a Coke," Moss remembers, “but I got to walk down the fairways behind Arnold Palmer and Johnny Miller.” Attending Ohio State, he witnessed Buckeye running back Archie Griffin win his historic second Heisman Trophy. 

Through his involvement with the sports business, he's had the great opportunity to see a World Series (1979 Baltimore at Pittsburgh Game 5), NL playoffs (1989 Giants at Cubs Game 1), and AL playoff (1993 Toronto at White Sox Game 1).  Starting in 1990 he attended seven straight Super Bowls in seven straight years in seven different cities (XXIV through XXX) and an eighth a year later (XXXII). “Most of the games were stinkers,” he recalls, “other than the Giants-Bills in which Scott Norwood missed the kick at the end and the Packers-Broncos where Elway finally won.” Moss is quick to note a Super Bowl wasn't the most memorable pro football game he attended. “The most memorable was the Fog Bowl; it was eerie,” he said referring to the 1988 Eagles-Bears playoff game in Chicago when fog off Lake Michigan obscured the field.  

He's attended NBA playoff games in’ the ’70s (Cleveland Cavaliers), the ’90s (living in Chicago during the Jordan-era), and 2009 (Lakers at Nuggets). Moss was even in attendance on December 11, 1985, in the old Chicago Stadium when Wayne Gretzky posted a still-standing NHL record 7 assists in leading the Edmonton Oilers to a wild 12-9 win over the Black Hawks.”What an incredible atmosphere for hockey in that old building,” Moss observed.
Dale Moss and Muhammad Ali
Dale Moss’ sports fan resume also includes the Kentucky Derby (1979 Spectacular Bid), Indianapolis 500 (1986 Bobby Rahal), World Cup soccer (1994 Soldier Field Chicago Bulgaria 4, Greece 0), a heavyweight championship fight (Muhammad Ali - Chuck Wepner March 24, 1975, Richfield, Ohio) and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta (women's basketball and track). “I was also in Atlanta and saw Sheryl Swoopes score 47 points to lead Texas Tech past Ohio State to win the 1993 NCAA women's basketball championship. It was that game that sold me on women's basketball,” Moss noted.

But his most memorable sports moment didn't happen in any stadium or arena. ”It was in baggage claim at the Minneapolis Airport, when I met Muhammad Ali, it was incredible, he was all by himself,” Moss says in amazement. The encounter was truly a knockout as this photo shows.

You can e-mail Dale Moss at harlemambassadors@comcast.net
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