By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their new 2019 Fan Powered World Tour to Oklahoma City on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. The Globetrotters will give their fans a chance to get closer than ever to the action at the Chesapeake Energy Arena at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
At each Globetrotters game, there will be over 20 opportunities before, during and after each game for fans to get a chance to directly interact with the team’s stars – that’s a 30-percent increase over any previous Globetrotters game.
The Harlem Globetrotters roster includes: Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Hammer Harrison, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard, Firefly Fisher and, Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Lister, Torch George and Hoops Green.
Prior to every performance, fans can purchase a ticket to “Magic Pass,” the Globetrotters’ exclusive pregame event. This event gives fans unprecedented access to the players, an opportunity to learn tricks, shoot hoops and take pictures on the court. After each game, fans can participate in a free autograph session.
A new interactive mobile app is available with exclusive features such as an augmented reality (AR) basketball toss game and one-of-a-kind image filters that can be shared on social media.
Back by popular demand, fans will see performances by the gravity defying Flying Globies, the Globetrotters’ acrobatic trampoline dunk team.
Recently, the team celebrated Guinness World Record Day, (November 8) by setting five new Guinness World Records™ titles, which brings the team’s standing GWR count to 21.
Bull Bullard received recognition for the “longest back somersault shot” at 58 feet, 1.25 inches away from the basketball hoop. The old record was 49 feet, 2.52 inches.
I’m dizzy, but I’m happy,” George said directly following her winning performance. “I’m speechless, but I do it for the ladies… every day I represent the ladies.”
Two records were broken by Globetrotter’s forward, Zeus McClurkin: “Most blindfolded slam dunks in one minute” (5) and “most behind-the-back 3-pointers in one minute” (3).
On the website, Zeus has this piece of advice for young athletes: “Be coachable. Be the player that the coach never has to worry about and can depend on when called upon. I have played a lot of minutes over players that were more talented than me, simply because I was coachable and understood what the strategy and philosophy was for each team on which I played.”
The Globetrotters’ Flying Globies now hold the new Guinness World Record for “most under-the-leg slam dunks off a trampoline in one minute” – totaling 28.
The video of all five world records can be seen online, courtesy of the Harlem Globetrotters.
This marks the fifth straight year that the Globetrotters have taken part in Guinness World Records Day, which was launched in 2004. Last year saw more than 600,000 people around the world attempting to secure their place in the renowned Guinness World Records Book.
“It was exciting to have several new records set by the Harlem Globetrotters, and to see first-hand their enthusiasm and dedication to achieving incredible feats,” said Guinness World Records Adjudicator, Hannah Ortman. “This experience was especially monumental since Torch George became the first female Harlem Globetrotter to set a Guinness World Record.”
The Globetrotters kicked off their 2019 Fan Powered World Tour on Nov. 1, and will play in more than 250 North American markets, as well as 30 countries worldwide.
The Harlem Globetrotters® have been providing unique family entertainment using their incredible basketball skills for the past 92 years. The Original Harlem Globetrotters have performed in 123 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience.
They have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and have entertained hundreds of millions of fans over nine decades, including popes, kings, queens, and presidents.