The famous American basketball team the Harlem Globetrotters will return to the Boot from November 2 to 9 with eight memorable game-shows in the cities of Ancona, Forlì, Varese, Milan, Genoa, Verona, Trento and Treviglio. Between impossible baskets and acrobatic dunks, the funambulists of the basketball are preparing the 96th season in their history with a tour full of novelties and twists
The countdown has started for the return to Italy of the Harlem Globetrotters, legendary heroes of American and world basketball, ready to bewitch millions of fans around the planet with the 96th season in their history. After a two-year stop due to the pandemic, the timeless spectacle of the celebrated globetrotting basketballers will return to the Boot with eight memorable game-shows that will cross the cities of Ancona (Nov. 2, PalaPrometeo) from Nov. 2 to Nov. 9, Forlì (Nov. 3, Unieuro Arena), Treviglio (Nov. 4, PalaFacchetti), Genoa (Nov. 5, RDS Stadium), Varese (Nov. 6, Enerxenia Arena), Milan (Nov. 7, Mediolanum Forum), Verona (Nov. 8, AGSM Forum) and Trento (Nov. 9, BLM Group Arena).
After the success recorded in the last Italian appearance in 2019 with more than 25 thousand spectators, the ”Globes ” are preparing a new show, even more engaging and spectacular, full of new features dedicated to all fans of the genre and families, from the youngest to the oldest, where impossible baskets and acrobatic dunks will be accompanied by comic gags, laughter and lots of fun. It will be an unmissable event to the rhythm of an artistic basketball that has thrilled about 150 million fans since 1926, making 65 times around the planet and playing more than 30 thousand games in 160 countries around the globe. Children, families and fans from all over, as well as popes, kings, queens, heads of state and presidents: all have admired the extraordinary talent of these formidable athletes who boast no fewer than 22 Guinness World Records and whose history has also included authentic NBA legends such as Magic Johnson and Wilt Chamberlain.
Italy has always been one of the favorite destinations of the Harlem Globetrotters. In our country so far more than 60 cities have been touched by the star-spangled tightrope walkers, and in each of them these athletes have left indelible memories. Still etched in the memory of fans remains the midnight party in the spectacular landscape of Capo d ’Orlando, or the cutting of the cake in downtown Naples among thousands of people, to the meeting with Pope Francis in 2016 on the occasion of the team ’s 90th anniversary. The way these American champions experience Sports goes far beyond the simple athletic gesture.
The global mission of the Harlem Globetrotters is first and foremost to bring a smile to people ’s faces. A message of hope born on the playing field to be taken outside as well, to hospitals, schools and among people in need. In Italy, too, the Globes have been protagonists of gestures of solidarity, such as when they visited the tent cities of L ’Aquila after the 2009 earthquake in Abruzzo, or on the occasion of visits to pediatric cancer wards in the hospitals of Genoa and Ferrara. In the most recent Italian tours, the two Visit Trainings at the home of Juventus in 2018 and Inter in 2019 have also remained famous, up to the participation in the Festival dello Sport in Trento, a prestigious international event in Trentino with the participation of the greatest personalities in the world of Sport in which the legendary coach of the Harlem Globetrotters, Sweet Lou Dunbar, among others, took part.
New show. New players. New records and lots of fun. The 2022 tour of the funambulists of the wedge ball promises pure spectacle with more than 280 games in more than 30 countries around the globe, and it will not be just basketball, but much, much more: evolutions, stunts and dunks, but also music, gags, world records, impossible baskets and amazing tricks. The inventors of the 4-point shot, the shot from a distance of 9.15 meters (9.15 meters) conceived and introduced in 2010 by the American basketball tightrope walkers, will attempt a new world record at each stage of the tour, trying to further increase the already astonishing number of firsts including 22 Guinness World Records.
Other new features include the introduction of the ”Fifth Period, ” a special interactive post-game session in which fans will have the chance to see their favorites up close and get autographs and gadgets signed. In all Italian stops there will be the famous Magic Circle, the legendary pre-game warm-up of the Harlem Globetrotters, and the Magic Pass moment, the pre-game meeting that will turn the audience into the real protagonist of the evening: with a special coupon kids and families will have the opportunity, before the show, to spend 30 minutes together with the players directly on the parquet, make with them shots at the basket and magic with the ball, receive autographs and take photos and selfies together.
The Harlem Globetrotters (literally the ”globetrotters of Harlem, ” the African-American neighborhood of New York City) are the world ’s most famous entertainment basketball team, a legend. A dream team of formidable basketball players that combines superb technique, athleticism and great entertainment. Born in Chicago in 1926 from an idea of promoter Abe Saperstein, when black players were not accepted on U.S. professional league teams, the Globes ’ franchise has over the years modified its style of play to the more circus-like and spectacular form of basketball that distinguishes it today, turning its champions into true showmen. Elected to the prestigious ”Basketball Hall of Fame, ” in nearly a century of history the Harlem Globetrotters have crossed sports boundaries with selflessness and irony, breaking down cultural and social barriers through their smiles and an unwavering message of peace and hope.
Promoters of world peace and brotherhood, as well as advocates of human rights, the Globes have in fact always considered social engagement a priority in their mission, repeatedly diluting political and even military tensions of an international nature with their simple good works. These heroes of American and world sports have included such celebrated Nba champions as Earvin ”Magic ” Johnson, Reece ”Goose ” Tatum, Jamario Moon, the late Meadowlark Lemon and a true basketball legend like Wilt ”The Stilt ” Chamberlain.
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