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Harlem Globetrotters Bringing Their Ambassadors Of Goodwill To Seattle Area

Globetrotter Nation is coming to Washington in February!  The Key Arena in Seattle will host the Ambassadors of Goodwill on Monday, February 17.

(Photo Credit: Harlem Globetrotters)

(Photo Credit: Harlem Globetrotters)

The Harlem Globetrotters have a rich history that began 88 years ago in 1926 as the Savoy Big Five. Now more than 20,000 games later, the team has become one of the most recognizable and beloved franchises in sports.  Combining athleticism, basketball theater and laughs, the Harlem Globetrotters provide something for the whole family to enjoy.

Being a part of the Harlem Globetrotters doesn’t just involve touring and playing basketball.  The 29 men of the team are also Ambassadors of Goodwill for a reason. As Ambassadors, the boys in the red, white and blue are also very actively involved in the community through four distinct charitable programs.

In 2008, with the help of thousands of kids and adults, the Harlem Globetrotters broke a world record with the simultaneous dribbling of basketballs and from there,  the S.P.I.N.™ program (Some Playtime Is Necessary) was born. S.P.I.N.  is designed to make fitness fun for kids through the promotion and encouragement of engaging in an active lifestyle.

The C.H.E.E.R.™ 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 schools. 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 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. Through the Smile Patrol, the Globetrotters visit over 200 children’s hospitals annually bringing smiles and thrills to little ones facing day to day life in a hospital room.

(Photo Credit: Harlem Globetrotters)

(Photo Credit: Harlem Globetrotters)

Partnering with the National Campaign to Stop Violence (NCSV), the ABCs of Bullying Prevention is the Globetrotters new community outreach program. Targeting 6-12 year olds, the program focuses on Action, Bravery, and Compassion – tools kids can use on a day to day basis to reduce bullying.  The Globetrotters focus on what it means to be on a team and how kids can offer support for each other to stop bullying.

WHEN: Monday, February 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Key Arena
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Ph. 206-684-7200

TICKETS: Please click here to purchase tickets.

 

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