(PHOENIX – March 13, 2015) – The Harlem Globetrotters have recognized Miles Rodriguez, Scooter Terrien, and Chase Vazquez from Lincoln Middle School in Kenosha, Wis., as Junior Phenoms for standing up to bullies during a basketball game. The eighth graders walked off the court in the middle of their game to come to the aid of cheerleader Desiree Andrews, who has Down syndrome.
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“Miles, Scooter, and Chase used all three aspects of our community outreach program ‘The ABCs of Bullying Prevention,’” said Harlem Globetrotters’ star Hi-Lite Bruton. “The boys used the ABCs. They took Action, they showed Bravery, and they demonstrated Compassion, as they continue to strengthen a friendship with Desiree.” Hi-Lite and teammates Cheese Chisholm and Hammer Harrison congratulated the boys with a special video salute that can be viewed HERE.
Known as the Ambassadors of Goodwill™, the Globetrotters look for stories of amazing kids who spread their own goodwill and demonstrate traits like helping others, assisting in the community, outstanding teamwork and being positive role models. The Globetrotters Junior Phenom Award is the team’s way of saying, “Thank you,” and applauding those individuals who go above and beyond.
The Globetrotters bring “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention” to over 400 schools and youth centers each year in an effort to impact communities around the world. Stars of the team present the program, which focuses on Action, Bravery, and Compassion, comprising the ABCs. The Globetrotters designed the assembly in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence.
To nominate a youngster for the Globetrotters’ Junior Phenom Award, and to view the team’s full schedule, visit harlemglobetrotters.com.
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.