When celebrities veer from their craft — acting, singing, or scoring touchdowns — to chime in on political discussions, the public might tune out. But celebrity activism has its place, especially when the goal is to build a better world for children. Known for their fast-paced, highly skilled basketball performances, the Harlem Globetrotters empower children through basketball clinics, anti-bullying education, fitness promotion, and hospital outreach. Now a new child-focused partnership between the Globetrotters and World Vision stretches across the globe.
On a recent trip to Honduras with World Vision, the Globetrotters brought their basketball wizardry to children in Yamaranguila. Three players — Anthony “Buckets” Blakes, Kevin “Special K” Daley, and Fatima “TNT” Maddox — pulled Clementino Manueles out of the crowd to join them. Earlier, the grinning 8-year-old sponsored child was among World Vision-trained youth leaders who led devotions for the Globetrotters.
The Globetrotters’ 300 exhibition games in 2014 feature an on-court interactive game about child sponsorship and provide opportunities for fans to sponsor a child in need.