Are you a fan of basketball? And by that I mean the entertaining kind that only one team in the world can truly provide. If you are, then you’ll be excited to know that the Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the Washington DC area this March.
REMARKABLE ROOKIE CLASS HIGHLIGHTS HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS’ ARRIVAL INTO WASHINGTON D.C. AND Fairfax ON MARCH 24-25
Globetrotters Introduce Class of Newcomers, Highlighted by the Tallest Pro Basketball Player, the Shortest Globetrotter Ever and the Team’s First Female in 19 Years
Washington, D.C. / Fairfax, Va. – On the heels of signing one of the most extraordinary rookie classes in team history, the Harlem Globetrotters will bring their 2012 World Tour to the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. (Saturday, March 24 at 1 p.m.) and the Patriot Center in Fairfax (Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m.).
Tickets to see the world’s most famous basketball team will go on sale on Monday, Oct. 17, at
10 a.m. Tickets are available at www.harlemglobetrotters.com, www.ticketmaster.com, each arena box office, or by phone at 800.745.3000. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at www.harlemglobetrotters.com.
The outstanding rookies include Paul â€œTinyâ€ Sturgess, the world’s tallest pro basketball player at 7-8, Jonte â€œToo Tallâ€ Hall, the shortest Globetrotter ever at 5-2, and Fatima â€œTNTâ€ Maddox of Temple University, the team’s first female player since 1993 and ninth female in team history.
The new Globetrotters also feature the top three finishers from the 2011 College Slam Dunk Contest, including the reigning champ Jacob â€œHopsâ€ Tucker. At 5-10, Tucker sports a 50-inch vertical leap, and his YouTube videos have garnered well over four million views. Tucker joins slam dunk runner-up John â€œJetâ€ Williams of UNC-Asheville and semifinalist Darnell â€œSpiderâ€ Wilks of the University of Cincinnati.
The 2012 rookie class has a total of three seven-footers including 7-4 Jermaine â€œStretchâ€ Middleton, the third-tallest player in team history, and 7-foot Anthony â€œBiggieâ€ McClain. At 7-8, Sturgess becomes the tallest Globetrotter ever after a career at Mountain State University (W.Va.). He is the 19th internationally born player in team history, hailing from Loughborough, England.
â€œThe Globetrotters are excited to welcome a new generation of stars to carry on the storied tradition of the world’s most entertaining basketball team,â€ said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. â€œThis year’s rookie class features some of the most talented and promising players from across the world.â€
Current Globetrotters stars Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Dizzy Grant, Scooter Christensen, and many others will team up with the world class rookies for nearly 270 games on the North American portion of the World Tour, bringing the Globetrotter magic to over 230 cities in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and five Canadian provinces.
Player rosters in each city will vary and are subject to change.
Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 86th consecutive year in 2012, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fansâ€”among them popes, kings, queens, and presidentsâ€”over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.