Originating from Chicago, the Harlem Globetrotters have been a fixture in family entertainment for nearly 100 years—and there's a reason why.
In their 94-year history, the Harlem Globetrotters have traveled to 124 countries, and have entertained hundreds of millions of fans, young and old. Founded by Abe Saperstein in 1926, the team played their first road game in Hinckley, Illinois, on Jan. 7, 1927, with little idea of just how legendary and successful their team would become. One would say that it’s the family-oriented entertainment that continues to bring in the huge crowds.
It's the team that makes it possible to introduce basketball to a broader audience who would otherwise look passed a sport dominated by American pastime sports like baseball and football. The Globetrotters have successfully reinvented the game, with the inclusion of their gravity-defying tricks, humor, and the ability to hype up any crowd, rain or shine. It’s no mystery that the event continues to attract an audience. From the curious spectators to the longtime fans, there’s enough action and intrigue for everyone.
This year, the Globetrotters will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the four-point shot—a shot 30-feet from the basket, which was introduced in 2010. The added celebration is another fun selling point for the Globetrotters’ audience. Everyone loves a reason to celebrate.
And there’s another add-on in the mix: the addition of the Magic Pass—an interactive, 30-minute, pre-game experience that creates a genuine connection between the audience and the players. For those 30 minutes, ticket holders can spend time on the court with their favorite Globetrotter, shooting hoops and learning how to balance a ball on their finger—the team’s signature trick. After, fans can take pictures and score an autograph as the final touch before the Globetrotters take to the court.
There’s a flurry of excitement that surrounds the Harlem Globetrotters—on and off the court. The team’s involvement with fans and people from different parts of the world has propelled the Globetrotters into something magical. They’re a teachable example of the power of sharing wholesome experiences; something that can be bought, but never forgotten.