Having a ball: Kids have surprise face-off with Harlem Globetrotters

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A couple of Harlem Globetrotters hit the court in a Clinton Hill elementary school on Thanksgiving Eve.

The ballplayers showed up to answer a Youtube video from a couple of Achievement First Endeavor Charter School kids challenging the team to a game of Pig, an abbreviated version of Horse. The school’s principal kept the visit a surprise until the starting buzzer.

“When the Globetrotters came in, the kids just went wild,” principal Stephanie Keenoy said. “They were all so happy and so excited.”

Globetrotters Hammer Harrison and Slick Willie Shaw showed off their tricks and took a few shots at the basket with some fake turkeys. Then they faced off against their fourth-grade challengers, though Keenoy was uncertain about who actually won.

No foul, she said, because the real reason the Globetrotters came was to spread goodwill and to talk with the kids about bullying, one of the team’s signature issues.

“It was a great way to end school before the Thanksgiving holiday,” Keenoy said.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260–8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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