Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Slam Dunk Entertainment with the Harlem Globetrottters Fans Rule Tour

Our regular family movie night this past Saturday was pre-empted with a visit to the Hershey Centre in Mississauga to see the Harlem Globetrotters, thanks to PTPA. Hubs and I were excited, as we remember them from the classic days of Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal. I watched them on TV specials. Hubs went to see them at Maple Leaf Gardens. Boo didn't really know what he was in for, but he was game, and we were happy to share our memories with him.

I don't think Boo has ever seen an actual basketball game before, though they play at school of course. He was really impressed with the moves and kept a close eye on the scoreboard the whole game. The thing about the Globetrotters is they are such an amazing mix of basketball skills, tricks, and showmanship, you don't need to like or know anything about the sport to enjoy their games. You can watch for the skills, or for the banter and jokes and back and forth with the referee, or both. Certain players and the ref are miked throughout the game and they are hilarious. Boo could not stop laughing at the team's main comic relief, Ant, and was determined to meet him and get his autograph.
Yep. That's Ant up on top of the basket.
The autograph session at the end of the game was a little bit of chaos, as tons of kids and grown-ups tried to elbow their way in to the players. There were no lines or defined routes through the crowd, and there's room for improvement in that process. However, the players did stay out for a considerable time, and I think everyone who wanted got at least one autograph. Ant was the most popular, but we stuck it out til we made it to the front.
The highlight - photo opp with Ant and a signed ball!
Game play is broken up by a variety of entertainment, including team mascot Globie and kids brought in from the audience to complete different challenges. There's a big dance sequence as well, choreographed and coached by Mark Ballas, from “Dancing with the Stars.”  For a behind the scenes look at rehearsals, check out this video from ET Online:

Audience members got into the dancing spirit as well, joining the team on the court for YMCA.
Globie and the team lead the audience in a wild performance of YMCA.
All in all, we had a great time, and Boo is now a big fan. He's been practising his dribbling and asking when he can see the Globetrotters again. I call that a family entertainment win!

The Globetrotters continue their 2014 “Fans Rule” tour throughout the U.S. and Canada through the end of April, visiting over 250 cities. Check out their schedule at http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/tickets and save $7 off each ticket purchase, using the promo code "PTPA."

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Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to this event as a PTPA Brand Ambassador. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own (or those of my family).

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