Harlem Globetrotters Announce First Globetrotters Hometown Hero

Local U.S. Navy Sailor to be honored by the team.

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters today announced that U.S. Navy Petty Officer Christopher Trueman – a Wolcott, Conn., native currently stationed aboard the submarine USS SAN JUAN in Groton, Conn. – will be honored as the team’s first Harlem Globetrotters Hometown Hero during their game on Friday, Nov. 14, at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., when the Globetrotters will take on their arch nemesis, the Washington Generals, at 7 p.m. 

Tickets start at $23 and are now available on HarlemGlobetrotters.com, the Webster Bank Arena box office, or by phone at 800-745-3000. 

Harlem Globetrotters Hometown Heroes will be honored during each of the 310-plus games on the team’s 2015 North American Tour, which runs from Dec. 26, 2014, through May 2015. 

The Harlem Globetrotters Hometown Heroes initiative is designed to pay tribute to active, retired or wounded members of the military. The initiative was launched during a special exhibition game on Oct. 6, played on the flight deck of the famous Intrepid aircraft carrier in New York City. The Globetrotters will also show their respect to the military by playing a portion of each game on their North American Tour with a specially-designed camouflage basketball.  

“It’s an honor to be recognized as a Harlem Globetrotters Hometown Hero,” said Petty Officer Trueman, who was nominated by Naval Submarine Base New London and was among hundreds of candidates for the first Harlem Globetrotters Hometown Hero honor. “I can recall, that as a kid, I imitated the skills and funny antics of the Globetrotters on our local basketball court a few times; so now as an adult, to have them take a serious moment, on their court, to honor my service is humbling.” 

Petty Officer Trueman, an Electronics Technician (Submarines) Second Class, joined the Navy in 2010 and served on the USS OKLAHOMA CITY (SSN 723), stationed in Guam, before being assigned to the USS SAN JUAN (SSN 751),  which is homeported at Naval Submarine Base New London.  Petty Officer Trueman currently serves in the Operations Department aboard the USS SAN JUAN and is responsible for maintaining, operating, and administrating the submarine's navigation, radar, and interior communications systems.

“The Harlem Globetrotters are extremely proud to honor the brave men and women who help keep the world safe,” said Harlem Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider, “and it is with great pleasure that we recognize Petty Officer Trueman as our first Harlem Globetrotters Hometown Hero.”

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Sponsored by World Vision, Greyhound Lines and Baden Sports, The Harlem Globetrotters® are celebrating their 89th 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. Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. 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 more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.