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Harlem Globetrotters at Municipal Auditorium

by Cass Teague

The Harlem Globetrotters' three phenomenal female players are (l-r): TNT Maddox (#18), Sweet J Ekworomadu (#17), and T-Time Brawner (#6).

The Harlem Globetrotters’ three phenomenal female players are (l-r): TNT Maddox (#18), Sweet J Ekworomadu (#17), and T-Time Brawner (#6).

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family creating memories that will last a lifetime.

The Globetrotters face a great challenge as the infamous Washington Generals, the last team to beat the Globetrotters, are more determined than ever to win, and are now coached by a former member of that 1971 team. They are on a mission and will do whatever it takes to win, with a new strategy that is sure to give the Globetrotters a run for their money.

The Harlem Globetrotters will visit the Municipal Auditorium on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 7 pm. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and ‘high five’ session for fans (subject to availability).

There are great deals for Girl & Boy Scouts, teams, companies, and even big families. For more information about group discounts, contact Stefanie Lamm at the website www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

Known worldwide as the ‘Ambassadors of Goodwill,’ the iconic Harlem Globetrotters began in 1926 as the Savoy Big Five. Now more than 85 years and 20,000 games later, the team has become one of the most recognizable franchises in sports.

Once one of the best teams in the country, the Globetrotters were eclipsed by the rise of the National Basketball Association, particularly when NBA teams began fielding African American players in the 1950s. The Globetrotters gradually worked comic routines into their act until they became known more for entertainment than sports. The Globetrotters’ acts often feature incredible coordination and skillful handling of one or more basketballs, such as passing or juggling balls between players, balancing or spinning balls on their fingertips, and making unusual, difficult shots.

In 1985, the Globetrotters signed their first female player, Olympic gold medalist Lynette Woodard, and their second, Joyce Walker, just three weeks later. There are currently three phenomenal female players on the 30-player roster: Sweet J (#17), T-Time (#6), and TNT (#18). Former MTSU player Alex ‘Moose’ Weekes (#45) is in his third season with the Trotters. The team plays two different cities many nights, so exactly which players will be in Nashville is unknown.

The ‘Ambassadors of Goodwill’ sponsor several major community outreach program initiatives: Bullying Prevention, S.P.I.N., Junior Phenom, Smile Patrol, and ‘C.H.E.E.R.’ ‘The ABCs of Bullying Prevention,’ designed in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence (NCSV), is an effort to impact schools and communities around the world. S.P.I.N. (Some Playtime Is Necessary) is a program designed to make fitness fun for kids, while promoting and encouraging an active lifestyle. Smile Patrol visits over 200 children’s hospitals annually, with Globetrotter stars sharing laughs, taking pictures, signing autographs, helping with activities, and displaying their amazing ball handling skills. ‘C.H.E.E.R.’ focuses on ‘Cooperation, Healthy mind and body, Effort, Enthusiasm, and Responsibility.’

Visit the official website www.harlemglobetrotters.com for more details about the team and its programs.

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