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Hoop Dreams Come True with the Harlem Globetrotters

| April 28, 2016 | 5 Comments

In their 90th year of entertaining fans across the globe, the Harlem Globetrotters are still able to wow a crowd! They made the Canadian Tire Centre one of the stops on their world tour to help celebrate this extraordinary anniversary. Both of my daughters love playing basketball, so getting this experience is a step towards achieving their goals of playing this sport on a more competitive level. I took my daughters to this year’s event, making it a Girls’ Day Out. They could not wait to see the action unfold!

It is always great to look WAY up at the Canadian Tire Centre whenever we arrive there for an event! We could not help but to take a few moments to look at this building and see just how big it is!

 

Ottawa Mommy Club Harlem Globetrotters Canadian Tire Centre Photo

 

My girls and I were invited to “hoop it up” Harlem Globetrotters’ style with Magic Passes! We had an exclusive experience that allowed us to be up-close with some of the players at this pre-game event, see if we “measured up” with some of the Globetrotters, and play fun activities that tested their skills to make them feel as though they could one day be Harlem Globetrotters themselves! My ladies had a great time!

 

Ottawa Mommy Club Harlem Globetrotters Pre-Game Collage Photo

 

After this experience, we took our seats and got ready for the show. From beginning to end, it was a spectacular filled with amazing game play, stunts and of course, comedy! It took a lot of effort for us to stay quiet in our seats as the show played out in front of us. We cheered, jeered and sang along with the players and their shenanigans. It was truly a party on the court, and everyone in attendance was a part of the fun!

 

Ottawa Mommy Club Harlem Globetrotters Game Fun Photo

 

One of the moments I really loved during this show was when the Globetrotters slowed things down a bit to show the referees and the fans where something went wrong during the game. It was really amazing to see the Globetrotters, the Washington Generals and the referees work together to pull this part of the performance off for the fans!

 

 

Another reason I love the Harlem Globetrotters is how they like to reach out to their fans! I was lucky enough to get to have a sneak peek into the lives of Ant and Sweet J by having them a few questions about what it is like to be a Harlem Globetrotter and what life is like off the court.

Audio Interview with Sweet J

 

Ant

OMC: What do you do when you are not performing?

Ant: I love to spend time with my family, listen to music and watch movies!

OMC: As a Globetrotter, what has been your favourite country to visit?

Ant: My favourite country is South America.

OMC: What is your favourite part of being a Harlem Globetrotter?

Ant: I bring smiles to people every day regardless of what they are going through. I can make them forget about their problems for two hours.

OMC: What is the hardest part about being a Harlem Globetrotter?

Ant: Hardest part about being a Globetrotter is being away from my family!

OMC: What advice would you give to kids who dream about being a part of this famous team some day?

Ant: My advice would be to work hard! In whatever you do you have to work hard and to make it here and play and be successful you have to work extremely hard!

From our extraordinary pre-game experience with our Magic Passes to getting to watch the thrills of the game, the Harlem Globetrotters continue to wow and amaze audiences every time they visit! Both of my daughters REALLY enjoyed this year’s event, and cannot wait for the next time they return to Ottawa. Both girls have hoop dreams of their own, and if they would love to make other people as happy as the Globetrotters made them when it is their turn to put on a show for the crowd!

 

Ottawa Mommy Club Harlem Globetrotters Enjoying The Game Photo

 

For more information about the Harlem Globetrotters and their 90th anniversary world tour, you can follow the Harlem Globetrotters on Facebook and Twitter!

You can also connect with the Canadian Tire Centre on Facebook and Twitter!

 

Disclaimer: I was compensated with tickets to this event in order to write this review. The views expressed are my own!

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My name is Lian Wright. Born in Toronto, I came to Ottawa as a student to study Political Science at Carleton University, and came away with an Honours Degree, and decided to stay. I'm a huge sports fan, have a love of reading, and like experiencing new things whenever I can. I am now a mother of three children (11, 1 and 7 months old) and am kept constantly on my toes. My blog, Pieces of Me, is my way of sharing what I have enjoyed and encountered in my life so far as a mother. So far, being a mom has had it's expected ups and downs, but that's what makes being a parent so fulfilling for me. I've loved and learned from what's happened so far, and I can't wait to see what's in store for me next. I hope you enjoy the journey with me!

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  1. I’ve always wanted to see the Harlem Globetrotters! Must’ve been awesome!

  2. KD says:

    I didn’t realize they were already up to their 90th anniversary! It looks like you had a lot of fun, and some laughs. 🙂

  3. Lynda Cook says:

    I have never seen one of their shows, but they look so good and I admire them very much, looks like you and the girls had a blast, so much fun!!!

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’ve only seen the Harlem Globetrotters once in Bonn, Germany and what a magnificent show it was too. Great entertainment for young and old alike. 🙂

  5. Julie says:

    My husband and sons just saw their show a couple of weeks ago, said it was fantastic and so funny!

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