Harlem Globetrotters Bring Smiles and Positive Messages to Indiana Youth

Posted on 3/17/2016 2:37:42 PM

Alex “Moose” Weekes of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will speak on Friday, March 18, to kids at two local schools about “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention,” a program designed by the Globetrotters in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence to help reduce bullying and violence among youth in our schools and communities.

The Globetrotters star will also bring the Smile Patrol™ to Indiana Regional Medical Center in the early afternoon. Smile Patrol is the Harlem Globetrotters’ proprietary hospital outreach program designed to brighten the day and lift the spirits of some very special fans unable to attend a Globetrotters game.  

The Indiana County YMCA and Miracle League groups will participate later in the day in the C.H.E.E.R.™ For Character program, which extols the benefits of character development. The Globetrotters designed the program with assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. While there are several different character traits emphasized by various programs across the country, the Globetrotters’ program focuses on Cooperation, Healthy mind and body, Effort, Enthusiasm, and Responsibility, using the acronym C.H.E.E.R.

The program targets 6–12-year-old students and involves Globetrotter players incorporating their signature ball handling skills with a C.H.E.E.R. basketball. The basketball includes each of the character traits printed on the outside of the ball and is used as a key tool during the presentation. Globetrotter players encourage youth to match their actions with those five character traits in all their life experiences.

Throughout the day, Moose will also do PR appearances at a local restaurant with the Indiana Gazette, speak with radio stations, have a sit-down lunch with the Penn at the HUB, and take photos with IUP basketball team members. 

Celebrating 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship, and service to millions of people worldwide, the Harlem Globetrotters will bring their unrivaled family show to the KCAC in Indiana, Pa. on Tuesday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m. during their 2016 World Tour.

Tickets are still available at the KCAC box office, by phone at (800) 298-4200 and online.

Discounted tickets are available for IUP faculty, staff, and students. Please contact Jackie Montgomery at jhenmon@iup.edu for more information, or visit the KCAC website for more show information.