Sunday, December 30, 2012

Cancer Perk - Harlem Globetrotters

As I've mentioned before, there are perks that go along with childhood cancer.  Free tickets to events is one of them.  This week we got a cancer perk when we were invited as special guests of the Starlight Children's Foundation to see the Harlem Globetrotters at the fabulous Baltimore 1st Mariner Arena.

Unfortunately, my daughter with cancer has low counts right now, meaning her immune system is very low, so she was unable to go.  She can't be out in public, especially in areas with large concentrations of people that sneeze all over the place.

I had never seen the Harlem Globetrotters in person, but I have seen them on Scooby-Doo, so I knew what to expect.  I knew that they played the Washington Generals, the pants would be pulled down, they would do all sorts of tricks with the ball, and they would pretend to throw a bucket of water on some unsuspecting sole in the crowd.  The bucket would actually be full of confetti.  What I didn't know was that they now play a team called Global Select (same idea, they travel with the Globetrotters and practice with them to learn the tricks and to be the brunt of every joke), the basketball rim was probably 7 feet high rather than the regulation 10 feet.  I didn't realize that the clock ran the entire time, even during their shenanigans   And I didn't know that the first bucket of water was actually full of water.  Yes, some poor family got a face-full of Mother Nature's liquid cleanser.

Unfortunately, this is blurry, but the fake Afro-wig was hysterical.  He looks like he is a member of the 1979 Philadelphia Phillies.

Not to be outdone, Hi-Lite wore his Britney Spears wig, only to have his shorts pulled down to expose his skirt.  The kids loved it!

This was really cool.  Not sure which guy this was, but he had a ball spinning on top of a ball.

Here's the National Championship trophy that the Harlem Globetrotters win at every venue in every city.  I hear that they're playing for the National Championship again today at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland.

I think this was Ant hanging from the rim.  At one point he got up on top of the rim and got called for goal-tending every time he kicked the opponents shot back out into the stands.

I thought this was really cute.  The Harlem Globetrotters definitely get the young people involved in the game.  And let's admit it, it's not a basketball game, it's entertainment.

Thank you, Starbright Children's Foundation for sending us to see the Harlem Globetrotters!!!

No comments:

Who links to my website?
Add to Technorati Favorites Add to Technorati Favorites Add to Technorati Favorites