Harlem Globetrotters announce ‘Hoops for the Troops Game’ special

Harlem Globetrotters

As part of the Harlem Globetrotters’ 75th anniversary celebration of entertaining United States service men and women and military personnel around the globe, the team will showcase its dedication in a one-hour television special to be aired on the ESPN family of networks.

The ‘Hoops For The Troops Game’ will premiere on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. EST on ESPN2, with a special encore airing on Sunday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. EST on ESPN. The special will capture the Globetrotters’ unique and special relationship with U.S. military personnel.

“The Globetrotters consider it a privilege to honor U.S. military service men and women who make daily sacrifices for our country. Viewers of all ages will get to see what those brave men and women enjoyed up close in Hawaii,” said Howard Smith, president of the Harlem Globetrotters.

The game, which will be the centerpiece to the one-hour special, takes place at historic Bloch Arena at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The arena, which has played host to Elvis Presley and the Pearl Harbor Invitational college basketball event, was one of the buildings which survived the bombing of the base on Dec. 7, 1941.

As part of the game, the entire audience is comprised of U.S. military personnel and their families. The event is hosted in conjunction with Navy Entertainment, who partners annually with the Globetrotters to bring joy to military bases overseas each fall.

Viewers will get to see the official return of the Harlem Globetrotters’ long-time nemesis — the Washington Generals — following a two-year hiatus. There will also be the national television debut of the “Flying Globies” acrobatic trampoline dunk team, which can be seen during the 2018 “Amazing Feats of Basketball” World Tour. The Globetrotters will also conduct the first-ever underwater ball-handling routine (known as the “Magic Circle”) aboard the USS Santa Fe submarine, as well as a shooting game of N-A-V-Y with Sailors aboard the deck of the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

A number of Globetrotter stars, including Showman Ant Atkinson, Thunder Law, Cheese Chisholm, Hammer Harrison, Firefly Fisher, Spider Sharpless, Too Tall Hall, Moose Weeks, TNT Lister and Ace Jackson will be a part of the special. Fans can also catch the 2018 Globetrotter debuts of rookies Primetime Maberry, Bulldog Mack and Hot Shot Swanson.

For more information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the official website www.harlemglobetrotters.com and follow them on Twitter @Globies.

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