Harlem Globetrotters trot to South Bend

Published 8:46 am Friday, January 11, 2013

Expect high-flying action during the Harlem Globetrotters performance in South Bend., Ind. Photo courtesy of Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc.

Talk about fan interaction.

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will be allowing fans to determine the rules of its upcoming game in South Bend, Ind., this month.

Known as innovators of the game of basketball for decades, the Harlem Globetrotters are introducing something unparalleled in the history of sports and family entertainment, taking kid participation and fun to a whole new level when the Globetrotters come to Purcell Pavilion in South Bend at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25.

For the first time ever, during the Globetrotters’ 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour, fans will decide the rules for the game that could affect the final outcome. This could be anything from playing with two basketballs at once, to getting double the points for each basket made.

Go online at www.harlemglobetrotters.com to vote for which ground-breaking rule you want to see implemented in the game. Then, get your tickets and see the winning rules in live action at the Globetrotters’ world championship game.

Tickets, starting at $23, are on sale at www.harlemglobetrotters.com, www.und.com, the Purcell Pavilion box office, or by phone at (574) 631-7536. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

Before the game, take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your family and spend time on the court with the Globetrotters one-on-one  — shooting, trying out ball tricks, autographs and photos.

The unique 30-minute pre-show, “Magic Pass,” will create memories of a lifetime.  After virtually every game, Globetrotter stars remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans.

Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate its 87th consecutive year in 2013, continuing a tradition of ball-handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages.

Throughout its history, the Globetrotters have showcased iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans — among them popes, kings, queens and presidents — over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ website at www.harlemglobetrotters.com.