Friday, November 5, 2010

Wildwood event named 52nd greatest Globetrotter moment

The Harlem Globetrotters are presently celebrating their 85th consecutive year of touring the world. To mark the occasion, the team is counting down the list of its top 85 moments on its official website.

A memorable event at the Wildwoods Convention Center has come in at #52:

March 17, 2008 - For the first time in nearly 25 years, the Harlem Globetrotters play without their traditional, world-famous red, white and blue ball.

The Globetrotters used a special green ball to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at their stops in Birmingham, Ala., and Wildwood, N.J.

The team autographed the green balls, with one presented after the games to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. (where the Globetrotters are proud inductees), and the other auctioned off to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer research.

In Wildwood, Flight Time Lang and many of his Globetrotter teammates grew their hair out for the event, and then had their heads shaved in a show of solidarity for children with cancer. Fans who did the same received complimentary tickets to the game.

The Globetrotters first began using a red, white and blue ball during the 1985 season, and it has been their signature ball ever since.

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