The Harlem Globetrotters come to Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Harlem Globetrotters made an appearance at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Wednesday night, taking on their longtime nemesis, the Washington Generals.
In their 94-year history, the Trotters have entertained more than 148,000,000 fans in 123 countries and territories. The current team is expanding it’s representation with it’s first Chinese Globetrotter, Lucky Jiang, and several highly-talented women.
Brittany “Ice” Hrynko, Harlem globetrotter dribbler, said “Lynette Woodard, she was our first female globetrotter which was in 1985. And I think she did a tremendous job, just paving the way for women like myself to be able to be here today for the next generation. Show the young women that they can do this some day, like they don’t have to be scared. Just practice, that’s all you have to do. I know it gets hard sometimes, but just practice.”
The Globetrotters are recognized as ambassadors of goodwill, not just for their ability to make fans laugh and smile, but for their community involvement around the globe. They use their time providing camps for kids, visiting the sick and giving to the less fortunate.
“As small as it is for us, it is huge for them, because that’s something that they remember. Sometimes just being stuck in a hospital room is not very fun, but bringing the fun to them is what keeps them going.” said Hrynko.
The Globetrotters were inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002, and entertain at more than 400 live events each year.