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April 26, 2012

Full Sail University & the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Partner to Present Special Screening of 'Goose' on Friday, April 27th

Harlem Globetrotter great Mannie Jackson on hand to celebrate film

Full Sail University is proud to partner with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame by hosting a special screening on campus in the Full Sail Live venue this Friday, April 27th of the documentary Goose featuring the story of Hall of Fame legend Reece "Goose" Tatum who was elected as a member of the Class of 2011. The event will also include a Question and Answer opportunity with former Harlem Globetrotter player and owner Mannie Jackson who produced the film.  At the conclusion of the event, Mannie will hold a book signing of his memoir "Boxcar to Board Rooms."

"The Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to support the documentary Goose as it celebrates the life of one of the true pioneers in the game of basketball," said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  "We also salute Mannie Jackson for supporting this incredible story that needed to be told."

"It's an honor for Full Sail to present the first public screening of this wonderful documentary," said Josh Mora, Program Director of Sports Marketing & Media at Full Sail University. "It is perhaps an even greater honor that we get to share the amazing stories of two basketball and entrepreneurial legends – Goose Tatum and Mannie Jackson – in a way that will inspire our students in their future careers."

The film chronicles Goose's son, Reece Tatum III, and his journey to rediscover the story of his father, Goose Tatum, a man who many believe is among the most influential athletes in history. Reece III was just nine years old when his father died, but his memories of life on the road with the most famous athlete in the world in the 1940s and 1950s offer a unique perspective about the man who inspired hope for a generation of African Americans.

A true sports icon, Goose possessed a rare combination of basketball talent and comedic genius, which made him a household name around the world.  He was more than just the original "clown prince" of the Harlem Globetrotters. In 1948 and 1949, Goose was a key part of the famous Globetrotters team that beat George Mikan and the world champion Minneapolis Lakers in a memorable moment in basketball history.  His impact on the game is timeless as he invented plays such as the no-look pass and the no-look hook shot. With beginnings in Negro League baseball prior to his basketball career, Goose went on to become one of the most dynamic athletes of his time and the highest paid athlete in the world. In a segregated society, Goose reached across color lines to appeal to fans of all races. At the peak of his international fame and fortune, he did the unthinkable when he left the Globetrotters, pioneering the concept of free agency.

The event will take place at the Full Sail Live Venue, 141 University Park Drive in Winter Park, Florida.  Doors open at 2:30 pm and the film will begin at 3:00 pm sharp.  Limited seating is available on a first-come first-serve basis. The Q&A session will be available via live stream and can be accessed by using the link provided here: http://www.livestream.com/fullsailuniversity

About Mannie Jackson, Chairman, Boxcar Entertainment:
Mannie Jackson is the former owner and chairman of the Harlem Globetrotters. After taking the Globetrotters out of bankruptcy in 1992, Jackson led the company to 15 consecutive years of growth and record profit. Jackson's entertainment business interests include the Broadway musical, The Art of Rock n' Roll and the musical Las Vegas Revue. He was also partner and executive producer of the critically acclaimed documentary film The Team That Changed The World, which premiered nationally in 2005 and is still syndicated today. The film has been distributed in more than 30 countries worldwide.

About Full Sail University:

Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has been recognized as one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs by Electronic Gaming Monthly, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone Magazine, and one of the Best Film Programs by UNleashed Magazine. In 2011, Full Sail received the “21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning Award” from the United States Distance Learning Association, was named the “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges by Studentadvisor.com.

Full Sail offers Master, Bachelor, and Associate campus and online degree programs in areas related to animation, art, business, education, graphic design, film, marketing, web development, music, recording arts, sports, and video games. Full Sail graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Spike Video Game Award nominated and winning projects.

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