The Harlem Globetrotters will open up their 2014 tour this weekend at the new Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
Leading up to their appearance, team members is here to promote their show and talk to kids.
This year, their message is to stop bullying.
The Globetrotters arrived in style as Jet Williams dribbled across the Penobscot from Brewer to Bangor. It’s tradition for one of the players to dribble and spin a ball across a bridge to start their tour. The team wrapped up training camp not just for their game on the court, but for their work with kids in the community.
“We go through the proper channels to make sure that we know what we’re talking about when we make sure that we deliver the message to the kids and we always do like a positive message that we deliver to those kids every year.” For Jet Williams, whose in his third year with the team, working with kids is a family tradition. “My father has always had like a basketball program where he has worked with me and a bunch of other kids in groups and things like that and so I feel like it’s in my blood to make sure that I’m always working with kids and the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters is a great place for me to do that because I’ve been able to deliver a message to kids all over the world.”
“Yeah it’s great to have Jet in this week and going out to schools and just telling them a little bit about their bullying program and working with kids in that, so it’s great to have him in,” said Assistant General Manager of the Cross Insurance Center, Todd Stoudenmire.
Williams said, when they talk to kids, they use basketball as a tool to get their message across.
“We want to make sure that they take it home and actually abide by those messages that we send and being able to deliver that message is an awesome feeling for me, and interacting with those kids is also an amazing feeling.”
Tickets are on sale for the shows Friday and Saturday night at the Cross Insurance Center, 7pm both nights.
You can purchase tickets at the box office, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Also Friday and Saturday afternoons, the Globetrotters will put on a skills clinic at 1pm for kids in the area.
There will be one on one instruction from the Globetrotters. it’s open for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 12.
To find out how to get involved, visit www.harlemglobetrotters.com.
Tuesday night at the Bangor Parks and Rec Department, Jet Williams will be on hand at 5 o’clock, talking with kids and families and showing off some tricks.