03-05-14-harlem-globetrotters.gifIf fun entertainment for the whole family is what you’re looking for, you need go no further than the Crown Center this March.

The Harlem Globetrotters, who combine basketball, comedy and theatre, make a stop in Fayetteville on March 20 for a fun-for-all-ages show that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Not a fan of basketball? Don’t worry! Dizzy Grant, Globetrotter guard and the first pro basketball player to ever hit a four-point shot, says that’s what makes the show so special. “You don’t have to be a fan of basketball to be a fan of the Globetrotters,” Grant said. “Expect a lot of high-flying dunks, and some of the best ball handling you’ve ever seen in your life.”

The Globetrotters’ stop in Fayetteville is part of their 2014 Fans Rule Tour. Show goers are encouraged to visit the Globetrotter webpage (www.harlemglobetrotters.com/rule) to vote for their favorite, craziest rule. The winning rule will be put into play during the March 20 game. Rules up for vote include:

•Hot Hand Jersey – A player wearing this jersey gets double the points when scoring.

•Make or Miss – The quarter starts with two players on each team. When a team scores, a teammate may enter the court. When they miss, a teammate must leave the court.

•Trick Shot Challenge – The team’s challenge each other to make trick shots, with five points awarded to a team that makes a trick shot, and five points given to the opposition if the shot is missed.

One of the great things about the Globetrotter show is that it is appealing and appropriate for all ages. Grant calls it one of the few forms of entertainment you can bring the whole family to. “Everyone is going to be having a good time.”

Originally known as The Savoy Big Five, the Globetrotters’ history is remarkable. When the Savoy Ballroom opened in Chicago in November 1927, the team was hired to put on shows and play exhibitions before concerts and dances there. Since then, they have played more than 22,000 games and have traveled to 121 countries. Known worldwide as the “Ambassadors of Goodwill,” the Globetrotters’ initiatives include The ABCs of Bullying Prevention, a community outreach program designed for 6- to 12-year-olds on ways to stop bullying.

One of Grant’s favorite things about being a Globetrotter is being able to entertain the troops, which makes coming to Fayetteville especially important. “Anytime you have a chance to play in front of service men and women is special,” Grant said.

Ticket prices are $23, $30, $39, $46 and $66, with military ticket prices of $18, $31, $46 and $66 with valid military ID. Discounts are available at the Crown Box Office only. Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.com, in person at the Crown Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 1.800.745.3000.

Photo: Harlem Globetrotter Dizzy Grant is not only a stellar basketball player, he is also a great entertainer.

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