We recently went to CFE Arena, on the University of Central Florida campus, to see The Harlem Globetrotters. This venue is a great one for watching shows because it is one of those places where there really isn't a bad seat in the house!
We have seen them play before, but it's been a good long while. One thing I really appreciate about the show is that the players put a lot of focus on the kids. In the photo above, a Globetrotter was teaching a little girl to spin a ball. He actually transferred it from his finger to hers and she was just loving it!
They also interact with the crowd. Here they pulled a person from the audience, and he had to copy everything the player did. It got a little silly, and a lot funny by the time the skit was through.
If you look carefully here, maybe you can see the players going into the crowd. The fans were loving this, and everyone was laughing. They did quite a few things with the crowd during one certain part of the show, and my granddaughter, who was planted on my lap for the whole show (grandma's favorite place for her to be) was laughing genuinely and so hard she was almost snorting. It was making everyone around her laugh twice, once at the show and once at her.
Globie, and at one point a bigger version of him, Big G, came out to interact too. The bigger mascot also fell face first with a very loud splat onto the court, several times. I heard my daughter laughing at that one. ;)
The leg you see on the bottom left belongs to my grandbabe who was on my lap, as I noted above, so when it came time for the call to go to the court and buy a ball to be signed, I opted out. My daughter volunteered (no way she was going to have her brother miss getting a signed Globetrotters ball, cuz she's cool like that), and she took him down to make the purchase. Here they are coming back up the stairs together.
In addition to the basketball game that they played, the Globetrotters also had a segment where The Flying Globies came out and did tricks using a trampoline. Globie (the mascot) did one too. ;) If you look up high, you can see one of the fellas about to score a flying slam dunk.
I guess one of the regular players got jumping fever too, because if you look on this hoop, you can see he's way up there, where he decided to have a seat. It was funny to see a grown man acting rebellious and refusing to come down. At one point, he kicked the opponent's ball out of the way so he couldn't make a shot. The referee was not very happy, but the crowd was going wild.
If you are looking to see The Harlem Globetrotters perform (they're so fun to watch!), you can check out their schedule HERE.