Globetrotters Still Serving As Ambassadors Of Sport

By Off The BASN Sports Wire
Updated: December 8, 2006

PHOENIX — Keeping with their long standing history as “Ambassadors of Sport”, the Harlem Globetrotters have embarked on a 21-day tour of the Middle East, visiting 12 different U.S. military bases located in five different countries just prior to the holiday season.

The tour includes historic Globetrotter games and “meet and greets” in Iraq, with additional games played in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Djibouti, Africa, and a game aboard an active U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.

Founded in 1926 by Abe Saperstein, the Harlem Globetrotters played their first-ever road game on Jan. 7, 1927, in Hinckley, Ill. The 2006 tour marks the organization’s 80th consecutive year of playing basketball and entertaining fans around the world.

2006 also marks the third consecutive year the Globetrotters have visited U.S. troops overseas during the months of November and December, made possible by Navy Entertainment and Armed Forces Entertainment.

“These brave men and women put their lives on the line daily so that we may enjoy all the freedoms we have,” said Globetrotters Chairman and CEO Manny Jackson.

“They embody the American spirit, and we consider it a privilege to provide them with a little taste of home and enjoyment during the holidays.”

Over their long history, the Globetrotters have toured more than 100 countries, playing more than 20,000 exhibition games.