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Harlem Globetrotters' world tour takes fan participation to a whole new level

staff report • Mar 16, 2013 at 6:47 AM

When the Harlem Globetrotters bounce into Johnson City on March 25, the players will be the ones on the floor showcasing their basketball-handling wizardry, but it’ll be the fans in the stands calling the shots.

The Globetrotters’ 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour takes fan participation to a whole new level, giving audiences the power to decide the rules of the game, from playing with two basketballs at once to getting double the points for each basket made.

Families can visit www.harlemglobetrotters.com in advance to vote for which ground-breaking rule they want to see implemented in the game, which will tip off at 7 p.m. at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Reserved-seat tickets are $49 (box seats), $33, $28 and $24 for children and adults; kids under 2 are admitted free.

A limited number of Magic Passes are available for $16 each and give fans a chance to experience special tricks and magical fun first-hand during an interactive event 90 minutes prior to show time. Pass holders can spend time on the court with the Globetrotters one-on-one, shooting hoops, trying out ball tricks, having their picture made and getting autographs. Magic passes must be purchased in addition to the show ticket.

Tickets are available online at www.harlemglobetrotters.com and www.freedomhall-tn.com, in person at the Freedom Hall box office or by phone at (423) 461-4884. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

The Globetrotters will play more than 270 games in nearly 240 cities in 45 states and nine Canadian provinces before the North American leg of their “You Write the Rules” World Tour wraps up in April.

This year’s Globetrotters roster features stars such as Special K Daley and Flight Time Lang, who will join fan favorites including 7-foot-8 Tiny Sturgess (the Guinness World Record holder as the World’s Tallest Professional Basketball Player), 5-foot-2 Too Tall Hall (the shortest Globetrotter ever) and female star T-Time Brawner.

Also in 2013, the Harlem Globetrotters have teamed with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to raise funds for breast cancer programs and to promote breast cancer education and awareness. The Globetrotters will play a portion of each game on their “You Write the Rules” Tour with specially-designed pink Spalding basketballs and are introducing pink versions of their popular team wristbands that will be available for fans to purchase at games, with $1 from each sale going to benefit Susan G. Komen.

“The Harlem Globetrotters have always taken an active role in giving back to our fans and the community,” said Globetrotters star TNT Maddox, one of three female players on the team, “and the Globetrotters want the families we entertain to help in the effort to find a cure for breast cancer and preserve a healthier future.”

The Globetrotters have been giving back to the community since their inception through community outreach programs focusing on health and wellness education, character building, anti-bullying, and now breast cancer awareness.

The Original Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 87th consecutive year, continuing a 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 121 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 fans — among them popes, kings, queens and presidents — for more than eight decades.

For more information, visit the Globetrotters’ website at www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

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