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World Celebrated Basketball Act Harlem Globetrotters Talk About Upcoming Egypt's Shows


Fri 31 May 2024 | 07:41 AM
Harlem Globetrotters, US Ambassador to Cairo During Press Conference at US Embassy in Cairo
Harlem Globetrotters, US Ambassador to Cairo During Press Conference at US Embassy in Cairo
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On Thursday, the US Embassy in Cairo hosted a press conference for the world-celebrated Harlem Globetrotters ahead with their world tour's stop in Egypt. The conference was attended by US Ambassador to Cairo Herro Mustafa Garg who delivered a short speech in the event. 

Garg started her talk by expressing her excitement of the embassy to host Harlem Globetrotters in Egypt, which the team's only stop in their 2024 World Tour. 

She added that the team is "a living embodiment of American diversity and values,

major audiences around the world for almost a century."

The Harlem Globetrotters will play two games in Cairo on Friday at Hassan Mostafa Arena, and one game at Alexandria's Sporting club. The tickets for all events are free.

During their tour, the team will also display their commitment to diversity and inclusion through their community basketball clinics with leading women athletes and youth groups. In addition, to an event with wheelchair basketball players.

The US Ambassador described: "I'm so happy that young Egyptian athletes of all different backgrounds and physical abilities will have the opportunity to interact with these world-famous athletes."

The team's coach Scotter Christensen expressed that it was one of his dreams to come to Egypt.

The participants from the team in the press conference: Moose Weekes, Sunshine West, Thunder Law, and Speedy Artist, expressed shared their feelings about visiting Egypt, and their excitement to engage with Egyptian audience. In addition, they praised the hospitality and the warm welcoming they received.

Regarding their expectations on the tour and cooperating with Egyptian athletes, Thunder Law said: "As you already know the whole thing, we go and explore so many different cultures. One thing we always do, we do our history before we go on a court and play any game or show. So, we always find the right, never offending one. But our main goal is to always put on a great show and make people smile to an expert on the top."

About their style in delivering a sports entertainment act, Christensen explained: "It's not an average basketball game. People are used to seeing, you know, when they watch basketball on TV, you know, we got rules and regulations and we all practice it. We don't speak the language that well. We're one face. But throughout what we do, it's really just having a good time. It's having a good time. So, you smile and all your soul. And we're going to continue to just make people feel good."

After that, he talked about the special performances for people with special needs, expressing: "Well, I've done things for programs for kids in the wheelchair. And in the past, I've got in a wheelchair and just played with it. Basketball, moving the ball, shooting in a wheelchair.

"And then you get an idea on, like, man, you are amazing at what you can do. And then it just makes them feel good. But we'll spin the ball on the finger. We'll play a game."

"There are many things that you can do to make them smile. You can do signing autographs, taking a picture. And usually they love to ask questions just to see where you're from, where have you been, those type of things. But I've done that so many times. And it's just a heart-warming feeling."

Finally, the team members expressed their feelings about visiting Pyramids and having different funny, and quality time activities in the landmark site.

Harlem Globetrotters, US Ambassador to Cairo During Press Conference at US Embassy in Cairo