The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their iconic basketball skills and energy to Cardiff. The exhibition team, made up of unique characters and personalities, will combine sport, athleticism, drama and comedy to provide one of the most consistently entertaining shows over the past century.
Founded in the 1920s, the Globetrotters have played an essential role in American popular culture and appeared numerous times on TV, especially for children. Perfect for young families and children, their skills and eccentricity leave you wondering just how it’s all possible. Their story is a remarkable one that mirrors the history of America. When formed, they plied their trade professionally alongside some of the best basketball teams in the business and rapidly rose to prominence. Their success sounded out an important socio-cultural message: African-Americans could not only perform, but shine in society.
In the 70s and 80s, the brand grew and grew and they were given their own television show on Saturday mornings, and their successful image has remained ever since. Now part of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters can consider themselves one of the most iconic and influential sports teams of all time.
Describing themselves as ‘pioneers in popularising the slam dunk, fast break, the forward, point guard and figure-eight weave’, keep an eye out for any expert moves that may just catch on in the NBA. Fun fact: the opposition team that tour with the Globetrotters have won six times (ever) to which an official amusingly claimed that the crowd ‘looked like we had just killed Santa Claus’.
For their 2017 tour, they are introducing their 4-point shot. For those of you that have never got into basketball, a 3-point shot is pretty tough to make, and a 4-point even further out and even more difficult. Don’t be surprised when they make it though!
The ideal day out for those who love sport or simply want to try something different, the illustrious Globetrotters are bringing basketball to Wales. Kitted in all American colours, get ready for wizardry, thrills and surprises.