We spent the past week at the Harlem Globetrotters Summer Skills Clinics in Phoenix and St. Louis getting the insider's perspective from kids and parents for the Globetrotter Nation. You can check out the Summer Skills Clinics information page to register and for program details, but you won't find the insider's experience anywhere but here! From check-in to check-out, we spent the full day with the actual players and staff from the Harlem Globetrotters, and here are a few highlight from what we saw.
Heather of the Globetrotter Nation really sums it up best.
"I would like to say T'hanks SO Much' for having these skills clinics!! My son got to attend the clinic this afternoon in St. Charles, MO today. Today is a day he will never forget!!! Hops & Dizzy were AWESOME with the kids today!!! He is still on Cloud 9 about the entire day!! Thank You!"
1. The smiles start early. The first clinic of the day started at 8:30 a.m. with check-in and registration starting around 8:00 a.m. There was absolutely no lack of energy, and kids were literally bouncing around the 24 Hour Fitness lobby with excitement. The smiles weren't reserved only for the kids. 24 Hour Fitness helpers, Harlem Globetrotter staff and especially parents were all ready for three hours of fun.
2. The enthusiasm didn't waiver. We were expecting a sugar-high type crash after the first hour because of the drills and exercise, but we were most definitely wrong. After multiple stations of fundamental drills, the kids all got a second (third and fourth) wind once the games and tricks came around. The kids got especially psyched up when their chance to beat a Harlem Globetrotter in knockout came around. Not too many can say they've beaten a Harlem Globetrotter, but we may have seen one or two...
3. The best was saved for last. The drills, the fundamentals and the lessons the Globetrotters communicated were fantastic, but nothing quite compared to the moment when each kid got their personalized Harlem Globetrotter nickname on their Summer Skills Graduate Certificate. And then took pictures with the players as they autographed it.