The Original Harlem Globetrotters Perform at JBPHH

Hammer Harrison of The Original Harlem Globetrotters performs.

Story and photos by MC2 Katarzyna Kobiljak

Navy Public Affairs Support Element Detachment Hawaii

More than 3,000 military members and their families attended a free performance presented by The Original Harlem Globe-trotters at Bloch Arena at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Oct. 16.

The Original Harlem Globetrotters entertain the crowd.

The show was presented by the Navy Entertainment Program and brought to JBPHH by Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR). Tickets for the show were distributed in less than two hours with an additional ticket give-away right before the show started.

The Globetrotters are a worldwide icon, synonymous with family entertainment and great basketball skills. The team continues to serve as ambassadors for the nation around the world — with 115 countries visited, and audiences totaling more than 120 million people.

Sailors assigned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Navy Honors and Ceremonies Detachment present colors during the national anthem sung by Musician 3rd Class Brent Mitchell of the Pacific Fleet Band.

“It is an amazing honor to celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Original Harlem Globetrotters performing for the troops, especially here in Pearl Harbor,” said Hammer Harrison of the Globetrotters.

The Original Harlem Globetrotters perform for U.S. troops on military installations around the globe, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.

The Original Harlem Globetrotters play for military members and their families at Bloch Arena.

“We truly appreciate U.S. military,” said Firefly Fisher of the Globetrotters. “Hopefully for the two hours of our show they laughed and forgot about everything and just enjoyed themselves.”

The show started with warming up the audience. Spectators were often asked to participate in tricks, jokes and contests. There was music and dancing combined with showing off some great athletic abilities.

The Globetrotters pose for a photo with Capt. Jeff Bernard, Joint Base commander (middle left), and Rear Adm. Brian P. Fort, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific (middle right) at Bloch Arena.

“I have never seen Harlem Globetrotters perform before,” said Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Seaman Samantha McCoy, assigned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Navy Honors and Ceremonies Detachment.

McCoy said the show was a great opportunity for the military members and their families to have some fun.

“I enjoyed the energy from the show and from the audience,” McCoy said.

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