The Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 90th year of performing. How exciting is that? Even more exciting - the team now has a female Globetrotter. The very first female to be on the team ever. Even more exciting (for us), we got to see the Harlem Globetrotters 90th Anniversary World Tour show live. Our first time for seeing one of their performances.
I knew their show wasn't the "norm" for a basketball game - I just didn't know what "wasn't the norm" - really was all about. I didn't tell the kids what I knew - I let them believe what they had imagined in their mind.
As the game progressed one kept saying, "This isn't what I expected. This is so much fun!" She thanked me several times for bringing her. On our way home I heard many times over, "Can we come next year? Please? Please?"
Seriously, the Harlem Globetrotters are about more than your traditional basketball game - it's a basketball game like no other. There's lots of hooting and hollering, fun music, hand clapping, whistle blowing, ball tricks, acrobatics - the show is certainly entertaining.
From the moment they come out on the floor until the very the last autograph is obtained 30 minutes after the "game," the Globetrotters engage their audience. Hand clapping, playing to cool music, mascots that were fun to watch doing their "thing", bringing kids down to the court for some fun, engaging adults. The Trotters meandered up into the stands.
Here you see them making their entrance out onto the court:
Aiming to entertain you in multiple ways...like hanging from the basketball hoops....
To playing basketball...
And, mascots that do amazing things (I won't spoil the fun by posting pics of what they do)....
See the tall player in the back? He stands at 7'4"! Now that's TALL!
We met the first woman to be a Harlem Globetrotter ... "Ace Jackson"
And yes, she autographs whatever you'd like, as do all the others. Get all the autographs you want on whatever you have at hand. There were kids getting their pants autographed!
The Harlem Globetrotters support World Vision - what a great way to make a difference.
The Harlem Globetrotters are proud to partner with World Vision to build a better world for children. You can sponsor a child just like Globetrotters TNT, Hi Lite, and Buckets do. Your sponsorship helps a child and his or her community gain access to basics like clean water, education, food, healthcare, and economic opportunity. Be a part of our team by sponsoring a child today!
If you're at the show, you can sponsor a child while there or head to their website.
There's just so much fun to be had at a Harlem Globetrotters game. You won't be disappointed whether you're a child or an adult.
There are many more tour dates coming up this year.