The Great Assist Recognizes Fargo Youngster as a Junior Phenom

(ATLANTA, April 19, 2016) – The Harlem Globetrotters recently recognized 11-year-old Evan Knoll of Fargo, N.D., as a Junior Phenom for his outstanding service to his school and community.

Known as the Ambassadors of Goodwill™, the Globetrotters are giving back even more during their 90th year with The Great Assist initiative, pledging to spread 100 million smiles around the world over the next 10 years with acts of kindness.

Evan has been giving back to his community, serving organizations such as the Salvation Army and local soup kitchens, since he was a toddler. He is being recognized in Washington, D.C., as one of the top youth volunteers in the U.S.

“Evan has one of the purest and sincere hearts for serving others that I've ever seen,” said Harlem Globetrotters star Zeus McClurkin, who met Evan last week at the Park Christian Elementary School gym. “We need more people like this in the world who are willing to place others before themselves. I hope Evan continues to be a goodwill ambassador. Being that he started at such an early age, he has the opportunity to impact so many people’s lives.”

During his visit, Zeus surprised Evan with complimentary tickets to see the Globetrotters live at last week in Fargo.

The Globetrotters look for stories of amazing kids who spread their own goodwill and demonstrate traits like helping others, assisting in the community, outstanding teamwork and being positive role models. The Globetrotters’ Junior Phenom Award is the team’s way of saying, “Thank you,” and applauding those individuals who go above and beyond. To nominate a youngster or a group of youngsters for the Globetrotters’ Junior Phenom Award, CLICK HERE.

The Harlem Globetrotters® are legendary worldwide, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills for the past 90 years. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 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 nine thrilling decades. Sponsored by World Vision, Greyhound Lines and Baden Sports, Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com and follow them on Twitter @Globies.