Will you believe who's coming to town?
Sportzindia Management Pvt Ltd is organising the Harlem Globe Trotters India Tour 2006, with the Hyderabad leg on from the 15th to the 17th of November, at the indoor stadium of Gachibowli Sports Complex. The Globetrotters will play a series of matches with New York Nationals, but all along it is the clown prince who leads the pack, mixing animated conversation with the referee and the serious business of shooting and rebounds with effortless ease. It is an edge-of-the-seat affair on every count as the clown prince guides the protagonists through the game plan. A bit of clowning, song and dance routines, loads of fun, mentoring and supreme basketball skills are steamrolled into the 2-hour show.
Globetrotters will play in the development of skills, and the game in the country will eventually determine the value of their contribution. The team has been chosen as a role model for the youth, and its tour will coincide with many local school programs. The primary aim is to establish basketball more aggressively in the minds of the children, perhaps leading to a feeder system that will shape India’s progress in the game for the future. With no live telecast permitted, their secrets are well hidden.
Founded in 1926 by Abe Saperstein, the Harlem Globetrotters played their first-ever road game on Jan. 7, 1927, in Hinckley, Ill. The 2005 tour marks the organization's 79th consecutive year of playing basketball and entertaining fans around the world. On Jan 12, 1998, the Globetrotters played their historic 20,000th career game, a feat unmatched by any other professional sports team in the world. Mannie Jackson, a former player with the Globetrotters in the sixties, purchased the Globetrotters in 1993.
While millions of fans have been entertained by the Globetrotters, the true story of their amazing 80 years as a team has never been told. The Globetrotters' rise from backwoods obscurity during the harsh years of the Great Depression to become the best basketball team in the country and, by the early 1950s, the most popular sports franchise in the world, culminated in the team being enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
The entry to this basketball game is by tickets of Rs. 250, Rs. 500, Rs. 1,000, Rs. 2,500 and Rs. 3,500 per head. Please contact the organisers, The Sportzindia Management, New Delhi, at 98102-24046 for further details.