Trotters Donate Clothing to Charity

The Phoenix-based Harlem Globetrotters, known worldwide as the Ambassadors of Goodwill™, brought that charitable spirit to the Phoenix Valley Chapter of HOPE worldwide.

For the second straight year, the team donated over 600 Harlem Globetrotters t-shirts for those in need – as well as 500 of the team’s souvenir game programs – during a carnival put on by the Phoenix Valley Chapter of HOPE worldwide, which took place at Children First Academy in Phoenix on Oct. 20, 2012.

“We love giving back to the communities that are so much a part of our fabric,” said Globetrotter Slick Willie Shaw, a Phoenix resident who signed autographs, took photos with kids and families, and entertained the crowd with the Globetrotters’ signature ball handling wizardry on Saturday.

HOPE worldwide is an international charity committed to bringing hope and changing lives; HOPE worldwide annually serves more than one million poor and needy people all over the world.  In the Phoenix Valley, HOPE worldwide provides support to Children First Academy, homeless families, and children in crisis.

The Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour to US Airways Center in Phoenix on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Tickets, starting at $25.75, are on sale now at,, the US Airways Center box office, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at

Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 87th consecutive year in 2013, 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 120 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.