Harlem Globetrotters: Play It Forward is a celebration of the 97-year-old franchise that has delighted fans of all ages with a one-of-a-kind experience. A perfect blend of mind blowing athleticism with fun for the whole family, The Harlem Globetrotters bring joy and goodwill wherever they go.
For its inaugural 2022-2023 season, the show’s unique content and format earned a daytime Emmy® nomination, two Cynopsis Awards for Best Platform Geared to Diverse Sports Interest and Athletes for Social Good TV Special or Episodes, and 11 national Telly Awards. In season 2, the team, which has historically been recognized by the U.S. State Department as “ambassadors of extraordinary good will,” will showcase philanthropic organizations and programs across the country including NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, which provides training and opportunities for women and marginalized communities of color, providing first class driver and technical experience; and the power of “street poetry” in Los Angeles, that offers a creative release for formerly incarcerated youth through poetry, rap, and spoken word. Get to know the players on and off the court and see how they bring their unique skills and passions to everything they do.STREAM ON NBC'S THE MORE YOU KNOW
Beginning as a stand-up comedian, Craig Robinson first made his mark on the comedy circuit at the 1998 Montreal “Just For Laughs” Festival. Now headlining venues and festivals across the country, he does both solo acts, as well as full-band sets with his band, “The Nasty Delicious.” Before deciding to pursue his comedy career full-time, Robinson was a K-8 teacher in the Chicago Public School System. He earned his undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and his Masters of Education from St. Xavier University. It was while Robinson was studying education in Chicago that he also discovered his love of acting and comedy when he joined the famed Second City Theatre.
He is best known for his portrayal of “Daryl Philban” in “The Office,” and has starred in films, including “Knocked Up,” “This is the End,” “Hot Tub Time Machine,” “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” “Morris from America,” “Tragedy Girls,” “Dolemite is my Name!,” “Timmy Failure” “Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon,” "Songbird," and “The Bad Guys.” He also starred in his very own sitcom, “Mr. Robinson,” as well as “Ghosted” and hosted FOX's "The Masked Dancer." Craig re-teamed with Brooklyn Nine-Nine exec producers Dan Goor and Luke Del Tredici for Peacock's scripted comedy show "Killing It." The comedy explores class, capitalism and one man’s quest to achieve the American dream. And also about hunting really big snakes.
Hot Shot and X-Over teach basketball skills to kids with dwarfism at the DAAA Games; the team helps foster care children transitioning into new homes; Wham visits an organization supporting veterans to surprise his cousin with a skydiving experience.
The Globetrotters perform for service members and their families during a visit to Moody Air Force Base in Georgia; Thunder pays a visit to his hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia; the team learns the benefits of verse with "Street Poets."
Cheese and Wham learn about kids on the spectrum at The Ed Asner Family Center; the team surprises coach and mentor Chris "Handles" Franklin by honoring him at his community event in Harrisburg; Torch and Bulldog learn the benefits of equine therapy.
Torch surprises her high school girls' basketball team with new equipment; the team visits an organization in Chicago where they meet asylum seekers transitioning into U.S. life; Hammer surprises viral sensation Zeke "The Trick Shot Kid" in Georgia.
The Globetrotters visit Bulldog's hometown of Corpus Christi to challenge Little Brothers and Little Sisters to an unforgettable game of basketball; the team visits a Charlotte organization that teaches kids literacy with the help of soccer.
The Globetrotters visit a school in the Dominican Republic teaching kids the virtues of harvesting their own crops, recount the history of their beloved "Magic Circle" and dazzle the locals in their inaugural Dominican Republic Globetrotters game.
The Globetrotters travel to Chicago to learn about two organizations that teach diversity in the sport of sailing; they head to Topeka, Kansas, to meet grannies who have formed their own basketball league; the team highlights their greatest performers.
The Globetrotters shed light on the "Art in Paint" initiative and meet with D.C. youth on a mission for clean water and self-reliance; a young man overcomes bullying with help from the team; Hammer heightens his slam dunk with a skydive trick shot.
Globetrotters, Wham and TNT, pay homage to the legendary Coach Lou; Torch, Hammer, Wham, and Hot Shot take an unforgettable journey to Australia. Wham and Hammer venture off the court and on to the farm to learn valuable skills in food cultivation and healthy living.
Spelling Bee champion and basketball star Zaila Avant-garde receives a lesson in innovative trick shots from Coach Lou. The Globetrotters explore their entrepreneurial passion with an Atlanta gelato company and learn about cooking nutritious meals.
The Globetrotters play with the champion little leaguers, the D.C. Kings, take in a traditional tea party with the Embrace the Girls Foundation in Florida, and perform for a special crowd in Chile; Torch celebrates setting a Guinness World Record.
The Globetrotters head to the outdoors for a fishing excursion and explore the construction industry; Cheese and basketball star Zaila Avant-garde receive a lesson in food prep for space; TNT supports Torch in the fast-growing sport of flag football.
Torch and Cheese learn about the importance of mentorship for teens in the tech industry; Wham and Bulldog uplift a group looking to make a fresh start; Coach Lou and the players help create green space in South Side, Chicago.
A young man's life is changed forever when he overcomes bullying with the Globetrotters' help; the Globetrotters learn valuable skills in food cultivation and healthy eating on the farm; Coach Lou puts a twist on a classic playground basketball game.
The Globetrotters fulfill a major need for a South Central Los Angeles after-school program.
The Globetrotters meet with The Embrace Girls Foundation, a nonprofit encouraging at-risk girls and uplifting tea parties, learn about the construction industry and take a memorable trip to Australia; Thunder throws back to his trick shot gauntlet.
The Globetrotters support local D.C. youth's mission for clean water and self-reliance, learn about cooking nutritious meals through a healthy competition and perform for a special crowd in Chile; TNT supports Torch's foray into women's flag football.
Hammer, Cheese, and TNT trade in the woodgrain for the ice rink in Chicago. Jet, Hotshot and Cheese encourage literacy in Harlem. Hammer shares the inspirational story of his childhood injury and how he recovered.
Hammer takes his slam dunk to new heights with a sky-high trick shot; Wham and TNT pay homage to the Globetrotters' legendary Coach "Sweet Lou" Dunbar; the Globetrotters meet champion little leaguers in D.C. and head outdoors for a fishing excursion.
The Globetrotters teach South Central L.A. youth about the benefits of sports and exercise and visit NASA's Kennedy Space Center to learn how teamwork gets a rocket to the moon; Bulldog shares a tribute to his most important mentor: his older brother.
The Globetrotters join wounded veterans.
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