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Fresh Meadows kids try to score a Harlem Globetrotters visit


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Screenshot via YouTube/Harlem Globetrotters

A group of young gymnasts in Fresh Meadows are just a dribble and a dunk away from getting the Harlem Globetrotters to visit their gym.

After My Gym was featured in a Sesame Street episode about diversity, the children from the gym were asked to perform an opening ceremony at Barclays Center for the Harlem Globetrotters. The performance will be held on Dec. 27, but the troupe might get a chance to see the basketball players in their home court on Dec. 17 if they can sell 100 tickets to the Brooklyn performance.

“We’ve never had something this big happen,” said Meredith Coleman, the gym’s director. “The kids are insanely excited.”

The deadline to sell the tickets is Dec. 12 and in the name of sales, Coleman turned the gym into a sales firm, channeling the excitement into the kids’ sales attempts. If the gym is successful, a couple of members of the basketball team will visit the gym on Union Turnpike for a private performance.

“The kids will get a chance to meet them and see them perform a few small tricks and get autographs,” Coleman said, noting that she wanted to invite as many people as possible from the Fresh Meadows area. “Meeting the Globetrotters is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many people in Queens.”

Tickets can be bought on the gym’s website.

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WATCH: Harlem Globetrotters surprise 7 train riders


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Screenshot via YouTube/Harlem Globetrotters

Queens straphangers were recently taken for a spin on the No. 7 train.

Following their annual two-week training camp in New York, the Harlem Globetrotters decided to celebrate with a trip from Queens to Times Square on the transit line and film the journey on Oct 3.


Decked out in their gear and armed with basketballs, the Globetrotters showed off their signature moves at several stops and for many traveling on the train.

They also had “Sweet Georgia Brown” playing on a Bluetooth speaker to entertain riders.

Led by 7-foot-4 Stretch Middleton and female star T-Time Brawner, nine members of the basketball troupe dazzled the young and old from different areas of the borough.

The video, which was just released Tuesday, shows the train stopping in Mets-Willets Point, 46th Street-Bliss Street and Woodside-61st Street.

Riders not only were spectators, but also took some lessons from the Globetrotters, who tried to teach them how to spin the ball on their fingers.

For the first time in their 89-year history, the Globetrotters will be in the New York City area during the holiday season from Saturday, Dec. 27, through Saturday, Jan. 3.

The holiday dates will be the Globetrotters’ only trip to the area during their new tour.
For the NYC-area schedule and tickets, click here.

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Harlem Magic Masters perform for kids at York College


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Charles Osborn

CHARLES OSBORN

As Jay Bryant, the brains behind the Harlem Magic Masters basketball and the emcee of its events, called out the name of each member of his team, a gymnasium filled with 300 campers from a half dozen organizations at York College on July 24 went ballistic.

The children visited the school to see athletic acts by the Magic Masters, a basketball entertainment group. And they were rewarded with a dizzying display of dunks, alley-oops, Harlem Globetrotters-inspired hijinks and a positive message against bullying.

“Bullying is not cool, keep it out of our school!” Bryant shouted, before asking his enraptured audience to repeat it. A chorus of hundreds of elementary-aged children echoed Bryant, and explained the importance of inclusion and respect for your peers.

Anyone familiar with the history and shtick of the Globetrotters can picture what a Magic Masters show might look like, however Jay Bryant and his father Jack, who founded the organization in 2008, have incorporated a message to their core youth audience that resonates with adult community leaders.

“The message is extremely important to us,” Bryant explained. “When we started this organization, it was to help schools to raise money. Now we are trying to help spread positive messages to our youth. The main message here is sportsmanship and respect. There is no place for bullying.”

Although none of the names Bryant shouts, such as “’The Punisher, Roderick Burnett” or “Cliff ‘Jetblue’ Malone,” carry particular fame, each member of the Magic Masters is a certifiable basketball veteran, and all of them know how to put on a show.

Bryant has been traveling with the Magic Masters up and down the Eastern seaboard to put on shows and reach out to impressionable youth groups and to lend positive support. They have traveled to elementary, middle and high schools in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Maine.

“What I hope the kids get out of it is adhering to the message, to try to make friends instead of bullying or alienating peers,” Bryant said. “Everyone has an individual talent; we encourage students to find it and to use it to make friends.”

Although not everyone’s talent is high flying basketball, it acts as an entertaining and positive medium with which to garner attention, particularly when the Magic Masters pit themselves against the camp counselors who attempt to wrangle campers on a daily basis.

One of those counselors, Shaniqua Edwards with the University Settlement Camp from Brooklyn, appreciated the message Bryant and his organization have been working to spread.

“I think it’s a great message, especially the rhyming quote. I’m going to take that back to my kids and apply it,” Edwards said. “It’s especially good that they’re teaching this while playing basketball, because now I’ll have the kids talk about anti-bullying before they play basketball.”

 

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