Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) March 11, 2014
The Harlem Globetrotters first hit the hardwood in 1927. But after 87 years, they can still hoop it up. Now with more than 20,000 exhibition games in front of over 120 million fans in 120 countries around the world, the club continues to be one of the most popular teams to ever take (and take over) the court.
Maybe that’s because no other basketball squad can play the game (and get away with) what the Globetrotters can. Known for their wild and wacky on-court antics, they take the floor to their signature song “Sweet Georgia Brown” by Brother Bone. They’re slamming and jamming, jumping and dunking and spinning basketballs on their fingertips.
They joke with the fans. They play with the kids. They tease and prank their opponents and playfully ridicule the refs. And, all the while, they put on a dazzling display of basketball skills, complete with gravity-defying moves, amazing trick shots, and a full rasher of passing and shooting razzle dazzle.
This year’s “Fans Rule” tour opened at the I Wireless Center in Moline, Illinois on January 4, and still has 72 games in 58 cities on the schedule. The team, split into two touring squads, plays in Tallahasse and Charleston tonight and continues on a southern swing through Georgia, West Virginia, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina over the next week and a half.
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Similar to last year’s You Write the Rules tour, local fans can vote on a new rule that the team will add to their upcoming game to make it even more fun and exciting. Fans can go online and vote for which rule they think is the best. These rules could involve anything from playing with two basketballs at once to 4-point shots. The rule with the most pre-game votes is then used in the actual game.
The Globetrotters originated on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois in the 1920’s where all of the original players grew up. Over the years, the team has evolved into an exhibition basketball franchise known for its players’ astonishing and acrobatic ball-handling tricks and athletic move. Plus, of course, the team’s flair for engaging the audience in their captivating court-side comedy and theatre is also legendary.
At one point, the Globetrotters were one of the best teams in the country. However, with the rise of the National Basketball Association in the 1950s the Globetrotters found different avenues to success. Recently the team introduced the 4-point shot from a 35-foot arc and a penalty box for any `funny business’ by a player. Plus, all of the penalties in a game are typically assessed against one of the Globetrotters due to their playful antics.
In 2012, the Globetrotters introduced their version of summer basketball camp called Summer Skills Clinics. The events are available for boys and girls (age 6–12) and are designed so that no experience is required.
At clinics, kids get the opportunity to be coached by actual players. They learn fundamentals, do drills and practice tricks. Plus, they participate in important character-building meetings with messages delivered by the team. The camps normally take place at 24 Hour Fitness centers across the country and have grown in number nationally every year.
Former Globetrotters include Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain, Connie “The Hawk” Hawkins, Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, Marques Haynes, Meadowlark Lemon, Jerome James, Reece “Goose” Tatum, Hubert “Geese" Ausbie and numerous others. (Source: wikipedia.org)
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