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The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Utica, and Lite 98.7 wants to send you to the show.
Here's How To Win Tickets
Nominate someone that has been going through a tough time and needs something extra to lift their spirits. The winner will receive a family 4-pack to see the Harlem Globetrotters play in Utica on February 15th 2024 at the Adirondack Bank Center. Enter here:
Harlem Globetrotters History
For those that don't know, the Harlem Globetrotters are an iconic exhibition basketball team known for their entertaining and comedic style of play. Here's a brief history of the Harlem Globetrotters:
Founding Years (1926-1930s):
The Harlem Globetrotters were formed in 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, by Abe Saperstein, a Jewish businessman. Despite their name, the team didn't actually play in Harlem until later. The team's early years were marked by their barnstorming tours across the United States.
Move to Harlem (1930s):
In the 1930s, the team adopted the name "Harlem Globetrotters" to capitalize on the cultural identity associated with Harlem, even though the team was not based there. Harlem was a symbol of African-American culture during the Harlem Renaissance, and the name was chosen to attract a broader audience.
Integration and Popularity (1940s-1950s):
The Globetrotters gained widespread popularity in the 1940s and 1950s. They became known for their incredible basketball skills combined with comedic antics, trick shots, and theatrical performances. In 1948, the team became the first all-black team to play in the World Professional Basketball Tournament, winning the championship.
Integration of the NBA (1950s):
As racial barriers in professional sports began to break down, some Globetrotters transitioned to playing in the newly formed National Basketball Association (NBA). In 1950, Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton became the first former Globetrotter to sign an NBA contract.
International Success (1960s-Present):
The Globetrotters continued to tour internationally, becoming goodwill ambassadors for basketball. They played in over 120 countries, spreading the joy of the game and breaking down cultural barriers.
Innovations and Records:
The team has been known for introducing various basketball tricks and innovations, such as the three-point shot and the slam dunk. They hold numerous world records, and their influence extends beyond basketball.
The Harlem Globetrotters have made appearances in movies, television shows, and cartoons, contributing to their cultural impact and global recognition.
Today, the Harlem Globetrotters continue to entertain audiences with their unique blend of basketball skills and entertainment, maintaining their status as one of the most famous and beloved sports teams in the world.
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