The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters brought their new "Pushing the Limits" World Tour to Fredericksburg at William M. Anderson Center on Monday, Dec. 9, before a packed house of nearly 1,500 fans.
The Hall of Fame team's 94th consecutive year will feature over 280 games through April in North America included a pre-game meet and greet, skills contests, and fan-friendly events such as photo and autograph stations.
The Globetrotters celebrated their fans by introducing "The Fifth Quarter," a free interactive post-game autograph session where fans had the opportunity to meet the Globetrotters stars up close and personal.
As part of the tour, the Globetrotters celebrated the 10th anniversary of the four-point shot, a shot 30-feet from the basket which they introduced to the sport in 2010. The team also brought back its popular "Magic Pass" pre-game event, which enables fans to come onto the court, meet their favorite Globetrotters for pictures and autographs, and even learn how to spin a ball on their finger just like the stars.
"What a great night for the Fredericksburg community and UMW to come together", said UMW Interime Director of Athletics Patrick Catullo. "The Globetrotters put on an unbelievable show and we are grateful we were selected as a host site. This was truly a memorable event!"
The Harlem Globetrotters® are legendary worldwide, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills for the past 93 years. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 124 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans – among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents – over nine thrilling decades. The Ambassadors of Goodwill are sponsored by Baden Sports, the Official Basketball, Champion, the Official Uniform & Apparel provider, Tum-e Yummies, the Official Fruit Flavored Drink, Carnival Cruise Line, Inc., Heelys, and Nationwide Children's Hospital. Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com and follow them on Twitter @Globies.