Harlem Globetrotters coming to Rockford Jan. 1

Celebrating their 80th anniversary, the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their 2006 “Unstoppable” North American Tour to Rockford Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, against the New York Nationals at the MetroCentre. Tickets are available at the Box Office, by phone at (815) 968-5222, or online at centreevents.com.

“As we celebrate our 80th consecutive season of touring North America in 2006, the Globetrotters have put together something very special for the fans who have supported the team now for nine decades,” said Globetrotters Owner and Chairman Mannie Jackson. “‘Unstoppable’ represents both the energy and commitment of the players …. We look forward to bringing that energy to Rockford.”

As “Ambassadors of Goodwill,” the Globetrotters will continue their tradition of:

Introducing amazing ball-handling and comedy routines, while keeping the timeless classics from throughout their history;

Featuring a 30-minute “meet and greet” session at the end of every game,

Becoming involved in every community they play by visiting local schools, hospitals and other youth-based organizations; and

Entertaining crowds with the antics of their exciting mascot “Globie.”

Since 1927, the Harlem Globetrotters have traveled to 117 nations, played before 123 million fans, won championships and built bridges between people and communities around the world.

In 2002, the organization was only the fifth team to be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame; followed by an induction into the Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame and the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame. They have also been recognized as the most popular sports team by the 2002, 2000 and 1999 Q Ratings.

For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters visit the team’s official Web site of www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

From the Dec. 28, 2005-Jan. 3, 2006, issue

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