The Harlem Globetrotters dribbled their way into Seattle this weekend to provide family-friendly entertainment and to contribute to the efforts of the Red Cross to help communities across the Pacific Northwest prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters big and small.

By Chris Granville

It was a nail-biter of a game as the Harlem Globetrotters brought their world-renowned style of basketball to Seattle Saturday afternoon. Their opponent at Key Arena this weekend was the World Allstars, a serious-looking group dressed in all-black uniforms — and a fitting counter to the playful squad from Harlem. For much of the game, the Trotters literally dribbled circles and threw trick passes around the Allstars in what was quickly shaping up to be a one-sided contest.

However, in the third quarter the Allstars surprised everyone with some tricks of their own.  Their coach announced that they were bringing out “The Cager”, a giant donning a black mask who had been lurking in the locker room the entire game. The Cager quickly set the tone as archvillain by taunting the Globetrotters and then turning against the crowd by insulting the Seahawks, an act that drew boos from the stands. With his presence on the court the Allstars began to close the gap on the scoreboard. However, in the end the Harlemites and their hijinks won out by scoring late in the fourth quarter and knocking The Cager onto his back as he tried to block the winning shot.


Despite all the excitement, as anyone who’s ever attended a Globetrotters game will know, it’s less about the game and more about bringing a smile to the faces of the many kids in the crowd. And they certainly were laughing and smiling at Key Arena on Saturday. Moments such as when Globie, the Globetrotters mascot, danced around and fell over had the kids erupting in the stands.  And it was fun for the adults, too. Some of the players brought moms and dads from the audience onto the court to participate in the antics. And the goodwill continued after the final buzzer as players stayed on the court and invited the kids to come down to receive autographs.

Perhaps most important was the charitable mission of the day, something the Trotters made a point of announcing during the course of the game. The American Red Cross has joined forces with the Harlem Globetrotters as its official charity partner to help communities across the Pacific Northwest prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters big and small.

The Globetrotters players brought their tongue-in-cheek style of comedy and impressive athleticism to provide a fun-filled afternoon to all who attended on Saturday. It’s easy to see why the entire event makes for wonderful family entertainment. By the end of the day, even The Cager had to have cracked a smile.


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