- 2 Jun 2016 12:50 PM
They were formed back in 1926 under the name Savoy Big Five, but soon after that the team changed its name to Globetrotters they added Harlem New York to the title in 1930 in order to spread the word about Harlem, the centre of black culture.
According to legends, the site reports, that was the time when they started to include humour in their games, for at one occasion the scoreboard showed 112:5 (for them) when they started to joke around on the court. The funny game won the audience too, so afterwards, every time they had really great scores they turned into jokers.
Aside from winning at basketball matches the Harlem Globetrotters are proud owners of a star on Hollywood Boulevard, which they gained for advertising, their television and film appearances.
The team also has honorary members, including Bob Hope, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Whoopi Goldberg, Nelson Mandela and Pope John Paul II. The career of the club has gone over some of the toughest decades, experienced huge enthusiasm for sports, starvation for entertainment and, through the myth of basketball, became significant part of American social history.
Hence, in 1985 the Smithsonian Institute organized a Harlem Exhibition, where the club’s career, successes and their influence on demolishing cultural and racial prejudices were showed. Ever since their foundation, the Harlem Globetrotters have stunned audiences of 118 countries and performed “on stage” more than 20 thousand times.
Luckily, it is not the first time the team is visiting Hungary, though, because of the anniversary this time the event will surely be an even more exceptional spectacle. Therefore, prepare yourself to experience a stunning show where the worlds of circus, theatre and comedy are mixed with sport. Make sure to get tickets quickly if you are interested in the event.
Tickets: HUF 5900 - 19 900
Event starts at 8 p.m.
Further info: http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/event/harlem-globetrotters-budapest-arena