The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will be celebrating their 90th birthday at Silver Dollar City. Presenting the Globetrotter Experience show will feature their trademark basketball wizardly, athleticism and humor. The family-focused festival also presents The Magic of Peter Gossamer, champion cloggers, cartoon characters and the park’s 40-plus rides and family-fun attractions.
Silver Dollar City’s family-focused festival Star-Spangled Summer which is set to open in June will feature slam-dunk hit entertainment with the Harlem Globetrotters performing an exhibition of basketball expertise. This is going to be the first time for the basketball players to present their basketball playing ability encapsulated into thirty-minute performances presented three times daily for six weeks, showcasing the highlights from the team’s one-of-a-kind touring show. The legendary world-touring basketball team, with a 90-year tradition of family entertainment, will exhibit their trademark basketball expertise in a unique and innovative display of amazing skills, humor and athleticism.
Many of the visiting families in Branson want to experience together adventures and activities. With the global popularity of the Harlem Globetrotters, 2016 will be Silver Dollar City’s biggest family year ever, General Manager Brad Thomas said. Founded in 1926, The Harlem Globetrotters, are celebrating their 90th consecutive year, a continuous world famous tradition of ball handling wizardly, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment. The Globetrotters is wholly-owned by the parent company of Silver Dollar City, Herschend Family Entertainment.
After 90 years of playing with over 25,000 games in six continents and 122 countries and territories, Harlem Globetrotters has become one of the most recognizable franchises in sports and entertainment. For the latest information about the team, and if you wish to purchase tickets and team merchandise, you can visit Globetrotters’ official website: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.
In celebration of the team’s 90th anniversary, Percussion group STOMP will team up with the Harlem Globetrotters star players to play basketball beats on an outdoor court. Joining the game on an outside court in Greenwich, New York, are two sides playing some rhythmical basketball beats.
Organized by a white businessman, Abe Sapertstein, Harlem Globetrotters began in Chicago in the late 1920s, as a barnstorming team. The Globetrotters provided one of the few opportunities for black men who wanted to play professional basketball in the days of segregation. They travelled around the country and took on community teams.
Established in 1946, the National Basketball Association was all white until 1950, which gave the Globetrotters’ elite black players a chance to play with the NBA. While the NBA style of playing was basic, deliberate and staid, the Globetrotters were playing with today’s NBA – acrobatic dunks, behind-the-back passes, flashy ball handling and a showman’s sensibilities.
The Globetrotters played college all-star teams and defeated the top pro team (Minnesota Lakers) in 1948 and 9149. When the NBA began accepting black players, the Globetrotters’ talent pool became more shallow and they began to rely more on comedy and flash.
If you want to watch the Globetrotter Experience show this year, visit the Silver Dollar City in Branson for the celebration of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters’ 90th anniversary.
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