It’s easy to see why the Original Harlem Globetrotters are often referred to as the “ambassadors of good will.” Looking around the arena at one of their shows is like watching the faces of kids and families when they’re at their favorite theme park or restaurant: pure joy and laughter.
The Globetrotters spend most of the year traveling all around the world, spreading good chair and, yes, getting lots of belly laughs from kids and adults alike. They usually make their way to the Los Angeles area a couple of times a year and they recently breezed through Anaheim, San Diego and The Staples Center on their 2015 world tour. Unfortunately, my family and I weren’t able to make it to the show this time around, but we did see it last year when the team was in town. It was truly a blast. I initially thought the show might be to stage-y and silly for my 8 and 10 year old, but boy was I wrong. They both got such a kick out of of the basketball antics and over-the-top sight gags. They were beyond excited when my husband and I told them we had tickets to see the Globetrotters again this year. Needless to say, they weren’t too happy with us when something came up and we had to cancel our plans and miss the show.
Barring any illnesses or natural disasters, we will be front and center with the kids next time the Globetrotters come to town. It’s a fun, wholesome way to spend a family night out. The Harlem Globetrotters are an American entertainment institution and have been around since 1926, when they were known as the Savoy Big Five. The faces may have changed over the years, but the organization’s commitment to spreading joy and good will have remained intact. This commitment is evident in all of the programs the group takes pride in running:
Known worldwide as the “Ambassadors of Goodwill”™, the iconic Harlem Globetrottersare debuting a new community outreach program, “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention,” in an effort to impact schools and communities around the world.
The Globetrotters designed the program in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence (NCSV). The program focuses on Action, Bravery, and Compassion, comprising the ABCs.
At the center of a movement destined to take hold worldwide, the Harlem Globetrotters made history with the 2008 launch of a rewarding initiative called S.P.I.N.™ – Some Playtime Is Necessary – a program designed to make fitness fun for kids, while promoting and encouraging an active lifestyle.
The program targets 6-12 year-old students and involves Globetrotter players incorporating their signature ball handling skills with a “C.H.E.E.R.”™ basketball. The basketball includes each of the character traits printed on the outside of the ball and is used as a key tool during the presentation to each school. Globetrotter players encourage students to match their actions with those five character traits in all their life experiences with parents, teachers and one another.
The Harlem Globetrotters Smile Patrol™ is the proprietary hospital community outreach program designed to brighten the day and lift the spirits of some very special fans unable to attend a Globetrotters game.
These programs have helped hundreds of kids around the world explore their creativity, find their confidence and view exercise and a fun, engaging challenge, instead of a boring chore. That feat alone gets an A+ from me and I’m more than happy to clear space on my family’s calendar when the Globetrotters’ tour swings this way again next year.
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