Trotter Tribute for U.S. Senior Airman


(PHOENIX, July 29, 2013) – The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are honoring United States Senior Airman Nathaniel Mills with a “Trotter Tribute,” in recognition for his remarkable dunk at a recent USA Basketball Showcase at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Mills, who is stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, was in attendance this past Thursday as one of four men and women being honored in USA Basketball’s salute to the military.  During a timeout, Mills stunned the crowd and players on hand with a windmill dunk … while wearing fatigues and boots.  

The dunk exploded on social media, with a YouTube video posted by USA Basketball garnering nearly 1.5 million views to date.

“The men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces inspire us in this and many other ways every day,” said Globetrotters star Flight Time Lang, whose father served in Iraq.  “The U.S. military is near and dear to the hearts of the Globetrotters, and part of how we show our appreciation as an organization is our annual tour of U.S. military bases overseas during the holiday season.”

The “Trotter Tribute” honors people throughout the world whose athletic feats or acts of goodwill call to mind the dazzling showmanship and ambassadorial spirit of “the world’s most famous team.” 

Sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, Russell Athletic and Howard Johnson Hotels, 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.