The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are once again entertaining U.S. troops based overseas, as for the tenth time in eight years, the “Ambassadors of Goodwill”™ bring a slice of home to the troops with an extended holiday tour of international U.S. military bases.
Made possible by Navy Entertainment and Armed Forces Entertainment, this year’s tour embarked after Thanksgiving and features 10 games on U.S. military bases in Japan and Guam. The tour wraps up on Dec. 11.
Past Globetrotter military tours have visited over 30 U.S. military bases in Spain, Turkey, Guam, Cuba, Portugal, Japan, South Korea, Bahrain, Djibouti, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Kuwait, and Qatar, as well as tours of Iraq in 2006 and 2009.
Highlights have included a visit to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2005 and games on three active-duty U.S. aircraft carriers, the most recent a performance on the U.S.S. Eisenhower in the Persian Gulf in 2006.
Upon their return, the Globetrotters will be gearing up for the North American leg of their 2012 World Tour, which will tip-off on Dec. 16 and feature nearly 270 games in 230 cities in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and five Canadian provinces. To purchase tickets to a show near you, click here.
Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 86th consecutive year in 2012, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades.