The Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions with their outlandish performances and unconventional basketball skills, and the action is coming to ACU on Jan. 24.
The Globetrotters will return to Moody Coliseum this January for the first time since their last visit in 2008.
ACU administration and students alike are looking forward to greeting the highflying superstars.
“I love that they are coming to campus,” said Hannah Watson, junior nursing major from Abilene. “It helps to promote ACU for one thing, and it’s fun to watch because they are just so talented.”
The group began 85 years ago and has since developed into a worldwide sensation famous for its creative and comical performances. The team’s website said the squad has also broken down some barriers
“The team toured the world, breaking cultural and social barriers along with basketball records. They were the first team to play basketball in Europe. In 1950, a Globetrotter named Nathaniel ‘Sweetwater’ Clifton became the first African-American player to be drafted by the NBA,” according to the team website.
Notoriety from the visitors stretches farther than just the small ACU community to bring in members of the Big Country.
“I grew up in Abilene and attended the show in 2008 right before I came to ACU,” Watson said. Â “For a group that travels all over the world to come to Abilene is a big deal and will raise a lot of local attention.”
Director of Athletics Jared Mosley expects this year’s show, like many before, will be a sell out.
“The show is a good chance to receive exposure for our campus, but beyond that it’s just a good chance to bring the community in, primarily individuals who may not have any connection with ACU sports,” Mosley said.
ACU will open its doors for the community to join in the action; tickets can be bought online for $23 for the upper levels, $33 for lower levels and $63 on the floor. Tickets can be purchased at harlemglobetrotters.com/tickets.