The Harlem Globetrotters will make an appearance at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse this Saturday, Feb. 11. Nicknamed the “Clown Princes of Basketball”, the Harlem Globetrotters have been performing in Montana since 1930.
Being positive role models has been an integral part of the Harlem Globetrotters since their beginning in 1926. Carrying goodwill across the world, the Globetrotters have traveled to 120 countries and territories.
In anticipation of this weekend’s performance, “Ant” Atkinson stopped by Irving Elementary School to talk at an all-school assembly. The fifth-year Globetrotter was decked out in Globetrotter pants and shooting jacket.
Bozeman was the third city in three days in which Atkinson spoke to elementary students.
Atkinson’s speaking tour involves a partnership between the Harlem Globetrotters and the Department of Education. The kids attending the assembly learned how the CHEER program can help better their way of living. Each letter stands for a positive word which children should focus on in their lives. By mixing fun basketball tricks with a positive message, Atkinson managed to brighten the day of about 100 kids.
Some of the basketball moves this weekend will be spectacles of coordination. Atkinson’s favorite moves are, “spinning the ball on [his] finger, inner roll, alley oops and catching the ball on the back of [his] neck.”
Catching a Harlem Globetrotters game is a one of a kind experience that can’t compare. As the kids at Irving Elementary School can tell you, Ant’s got some slick moves ready for display.