The Harlem Globetrotters has made a big name for themselves over the last nine decades. This year will be the 90th anniversary of the team’s formation, and to celebrate they are doing a tour around the country. On March 15th they stopped by Knoxville, Tennessee and had a fantastic response from the community. One of the special ways that the team is showcasing their long history in American culture is by inviting back alumni players to take part in events over the course of the year, and show up at certain venues for games. In Tennessee, it was a full house that showed up to watch some action on the court and was a great time for all who went.
The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition team that combines basketball, comedy and theater in their performances. They started up in 1926 in Chicago’s Savoy Ballroom as that is where the majority of the members were originally from, but they decided to name the team the “Harlem Globetrotters” because the city was considered to be the hub for African-American culture. Even though the team doesn’t really belong to any particular league or stadium, they still manage to travel a lot and even played some games in Russia in the late 1950’s. Today, the team still tends to participate in different championships as well as exhibition games.
The Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 90th anniversary this year by traveling around the country in their latest tour. Surprise visits from legendary players, exciting events and stories will be shared in the next few months just as they were in Knoxville earlier this March.