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Harlem Globetrotters to play in New York This Weekend

Patience Edet Goanue | 2/11/2014, 2:42 p.m.
The Original Harlem Globetrotter (Facebook photo)

The Harlem Globetrotters for more than 80 years have entertained fans with basketball. But playing the game is not all the Harlem Globetrotters are about.

In celebration of “Globetrotter Week”, Globetrotters Bull Bullard and Hawk Thomas will tour the 100th floor of the newly completed One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Tribute Center. The tour will also recognize the building's record setting height and its 104 stories, officials said in a press release.

The Harlem Globetrotters was founded in 1926 as the Savoy Big Five. Now more than 85 years and 20,000 games later, the team has become one of the most recognizable franchises in sports, according to harlemglobetrotters.com.

The 9/11 Tribute Center was opened in 2006 for visitors by the September 11 Families Association, a not-for-profit corporation. The Center offers visitors, to the World Trade Center, a place where they can connect with people from the 9/11 community - family members of lost loved ones, survivors, first responders and people who live and work in Lower Manhattan, the release said.

For the climax of this week's observance of “Globetrotter Week”, the Harlem Globetrotters have donated 104 tickets to the members of the 9/11 Tribute Center to watch their game scheduled for this weekend in New York.