Celebrating 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the Harlem Globetrotters are giving back even more in 2016 with The Great Assist initiative, urging their fans to give back as well.

The Globetrotters are pledging to spread 100 million smiles over the next 10 years with smiles, sportsmanship and service.

  • The Great Assist initiative will see the team leave its mark in communities across North America with acts of kindness and goodwill. Some examples include bringing schools messages of bullying prevention, character and physical fitness, visiting children’s hospitals, lending a hand after natural disasters, helping build homes for the needy and volunteering at soup kitchens.
  • As part of the launch of The Great Assist initiative, TV personality Robin Roberts was named just the 10th Honorary Harlem Globetrotter in the team’s storied history, joining the likes of Henry Kissinger, Nelson Mandela and Pope Francis, who was honored at the Vatican in May 2015. The prestigious Honorary Harlem Globetrotter accolade recognizes an individual of extraordinary character and achievement who has made an everlasting mark on the world. Robin Roberts has provided inspiration for millions, as she publicly battled life-threatening health issues (breast cancer and myelodysplasia syndromes).
  • The Great Assist was launched on Oct. 6, as the Globetrotters performed before a multitude of excited fans on a special basketball court in the heart of New York City’s Times Square.


Nominate a worthwhile cause or a deserving family in need of a smile, and the Globetrotters
will help as many fans as possible throughout their 90th year.