Unbelievable athleticism. Amazing tricks. Incredible showmanship and an unforgettable night.
All of these qualities exemplified the Harlem Globetrotters performance when they stunned the maximum capacity crowd on Jan. 16 in Haehl Pavilion at SRJC.
If the performance had to be summed up in one word, it would be electric.
“This is really, really good for the kids. They’re having a blast out here,” said Jerry “Deep” Smith, a former Harlem Globetrotter. “This is the fourth year the Globetrotters have come to Santa Rosa and it has always been a great time.”
The event kicked off with the Magic Pass presentation, where lucky fans who purchased the Magic Pass got to meet the Globetrotters, take pictures with the players and learn tricks.
After the Magic Pass, the rest of the fans began filling the pavilion and right off the bat it was apparent everyone would be getting their moneys worth. The crowd erupted with cheers after seeing Herbert “Flight Time” Lang making shots from three-quarters of the court and Derrick “Dizzy” Grant showing off his seemingly unrealistic ball skills.
“My teammates and I know there is at least one person in the crowd who hasn’t heard of the Globetrotters,” Grant said. “We want to leave a positive impression, like it’s their first and last time seeing us.”
Despite being incredible athletes, the Globetrotters’ top priority is catering to the kids and having a good impact on the communities they visit.
“We love keeping the Globetrotter tradition alive,” Grant said. “It is truly an honor being a player for the Harlem Globetrotters.