Trotters Dribble Through D.C.

Harlem Globetrotters Cheese Chisholm, left, Too Tall Hall, right, and former Congressman and NBA player Tom McMillen, second from left, pose with school kids prior tipping-off the "Summer of Physical Fitness" on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in Washington. Boys and girls will learn skills and have fun on court with Harlem Globetrotter stars this summer at Globetrotter basketball clinics at 35 locations nationwide. (Kevin Wolf / AP Images for the Harlem Globetrotters)

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS TIP-OFF NATIONAL FITNESS INITIATIVE WITH DRIBBLING EVENT THROUGH THE HEART OF WASHINGTON, D.C.

Globetrotters team up with the President’s Challenge to encourage physical activity and fitness 

(PHOENIX, May 29, 2013) – Before embarking on a series of summer youth basketball clinics across the country, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters tipped-off the series by dribbling and spinning basketballs on a two-mile journey through the nation’s capital today.  The Globetrotters support the mission of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) and have signed on to support the long-standing President’s Challenge program of the PCFSN.

Globetrotters stars Cheese Chisholm and Too Tall Hall began the trek at Stead Playground with students from St. Augustine Catholic School and officials from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition.  They dribbled and spun basketballs past the White House on their way to the Walker-Jones Education Campus, where they presented the team’s S.P.I.N.™ program to students. S.P.I.N.™ (Some Playtime Is Necessary) makes fitness fun and encourages kids to lead an active lifestyle.

The President's Challenge (PC) Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Fitness Awards program is the long-standing program of PCFSN. The program helps people of all ages and abilities improve their overall health and fitness through a suite of recognition programs. The Globetrotters recently became a PC Advocate and will assist the President’s Council in raising awareness of PC programs, which include the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+).

For the second straight year, the Harlem Globetrotters are presenting their Summer Skills Clinics for kids ages 6-12.  The Globetrotters will host a total of 330 clinics in 18 U.S. markets in June and July.  For more information, visit www.harlemglobetrotters.com/clinics

Harlem Globetrotters Cheese Chisholm, right, and Too Tall Hall spin basketballs outside the White House to tip-off the "Summer of Physical Fitness" on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in Washington. Boys and girls will learn skills and have fun on court with Harlem Globetrotter stars this summer at Globetrotter basketball clinics at 35 locations nationwide. (Kevin Wolf / AP Images for the Harlem Globetrotters)

Harlem Globetrotters Cheese Chisholm and Too Tall Hall dribble down Pennsylvania Ave near the White House to tip-off the "Summer of Physical Fitness" on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in Washington. Boys and girls will learn skills and have fun on court with Harlem Globetrotter stars this summer at Globetrotter basketball clinics at 35 locations nationwide. (Kevin Wolf / AP Images for the Harlem Globetrotters)

Harlem Globetrotters Cheese Chisholm, left, and Too Tall Hall spin the basketballs on the fingers of Diamond Burgett prior to tipping-off the "Summer of Physical Fitness" on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in Washington. Boys and girls will learn skills and have fun on court with Harlem Globetrotter stars this summer at Globetrotter basketball clinics at 35 locations nationwide. (Kevin Wolf / AP Images for the Harlem Globetrotters)

About the Harlem Globetrotters

Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Wonderful Pistachios, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 87th consecutive year, 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 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 more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

About the President’s Challenge

The President’s Challenge is the physical activity, nutrition and fitness awards program of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.  The President’s Challenge recognizes people of all ages and abilities for their physical activity and fitness efforts through a variety of award programs.  Those programs include serving as the recognition piece for the new Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) and the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+).  The PALA+ recognizes all ages for being physically active on a regular basis and maintaining good eating habits.  For more information about any of the President’s Challenge programs visit www.presidentschallenge.org.

 

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