Springfield, Ohio — Wittenberg University welcomes the famed Harlem Globetrotters for an evening of sports and family entertainment at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in Pam Evans Smith Arena in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Center.
The show is part of the Globetrotters’ 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour, which includes more than 270 games in 240 cities across 45 states and nine Canadian provinces. During the show, fans will decide the rules for the game that could affect the final outcome, such as playing with two basketballs or getting double points for each made basket. Fans can vote online at www.harlemglobetrotters.com for the rules they want to see implemented in the game.
The Harlem Globetrotters have been entertaining audiences through exhibition games since 1927, featuring a lengthy all-time roster filled with famous players and personalities. Among them is Wittenberg Hall of Honor inductee Tony Wilcox, class of 1960, who toured with the group shortly after the conclusion of his All-American collegiate career.
Over the years, Harlem Globetrotters teams have played more than 20,000 exhibition games in 120 countries. This is believed to be the Globetrotters’ first appearance in Springfield, however.
Harlem Globetrotters’ players on the roster for the show in Springfield include Big Easy Lofton, who appeared previously on the hit television show Amazing Race, Scooter Christensen, Stretch Middleton, who stands 7-foot-4, and TNT Maddox, one of the top female players in the world.
Tickets are on sale for $25, with courtside seats priced at $50. Tickets can be purchased at Wittenberg’s HPER Center or online at www.harlemglobetrotters.com or www.ticketweb.com. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found on the Globetrotters’ website, while Wittenberg faculty, staff and students can purchase tickets at a discounted price of $19.
All discounted tickets or group sales must be completed online.
Before the game, fans will have the opportunity to interact with the Globetrotters, learning some of their tricks and having autographs and photos signed, by purchasing tickets for the 30-minute pre-show titled “Magic Pass” for $12.
A portion of the ticket sales will go to Wittenberg’s men’s and women’s tennis program to help fund indoor court time during the winter months and the team’s annual Spring Break trip.
Written By: Ryan Maurer