The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are once again bringing some good cheer to U.S. troops based overseas, marking the 75th anniversary of the Ambassadors of Goodwill™ performing for U.S. military members all over the world.
The trip, made possible by Navy Entertainment and Armed Forces Entertainment, will consist of 10-games in 13 days on U.S. military bases in Asia – including stops in Japan, South Korea, and Guam. A touring group including Hammer Harrison, Bull Bullard, Ace Jackson, Flip White, Dragon Taylor and Jet Rivers will tip-off the tour this week.
Highlights of previous military tours include the Globetrotters’ first-ever visit to Afghanistan in November 2012, tours of Iraq in 2009 and 2006, a visit to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2005 – and games on four active-duty U.S. aircraft carriers, including a performance on the U.S.S. Eisenhower in the Persian Gulf in 2006. Last year, the Globetrotters performed throughout Europe, including stops in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, and Italy.
“Any chance to entertain fans is a special opportunity, but when you get to do it for the men and women serving our country – it’s an honor and a privilege,” said Globetrotter star Bull Bullard. “Getting to perform for them on their home bases – which are so far from their own homes – is the least we can do. They are an inspiration to us all.”