Globetrotters Return to Hinckley, Illinois, Site of Their First-Ever Road Game

(ATLANTA, Jan. 7, 2016) – In celebration of their 90th year of entertaining families around the world, the iconic Harlem Globetrotters returned to Hinckley, Illinois, today, the anniversary date of the team’s first-ever road game in 1927.

As part of the festivities, the Globetrotters erected a new sign to denote the historic site during a special ceremony with the team in Hinckley this afternoon. The sign, standing 10 feet high by 9 feet wide, is located near Hinckley-Big Rock High School on U.S. Highway 30.

The Globetrotters will play for a standing-room-only crowd at Hinckley-Big Rock High School tonight at 7 p.m.

This marks the fourth time the Globetrotters have performed in Hinckley in their illustrious history. The Globetrotters’ 1966 tour finished with a game in Hinckley, and the team returned to Hinckley 35 years later in 2001 as part of their 75th anniversary tour. That game was the first-ever live telecast on ESPN Classic.

With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Maddox, Sweet J Ekworomadu and Ace Jackson – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show features some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet and is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. 

The North American leg of the Globetrotters’ historic 2016 World Tour will see over 330 games in more than 260 cities in 48 U.S. states, eight Canadian provinces and Puerto Rico. To find a performance near you and purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

Celebrating 90 iconic years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions, The Harlem Globetrotters® are a worldwide icon, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills. 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, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site: and follow them on Twitter @Globies.