Jeremy Lin has been getting a lot of attention lately, but the Harlem Globetrotters have been wowing crowds with their some basketball skills for decades and will play Madison Square Garden. A few of the players stopped by a school in Kips Bay, Manhattan on Thursday to teach the kids some of their tricks and NY1's Roger Clark suited up as well.
Two members of the Harlem Globetrotters, "Slick" Willie Shaw and Airport Greenup, paid a Thursday visit to the United Nations International School in Kips Bay, Manhattan to show off a few tricks and teach the kids some of the magic that has been entertaining people all over the world for 86 years.
Shaw says he has had the skills to be a Globetrotter since he was very young.
"Ever since I was two weeks old I was able to spin a ball on my finger, so I was born naturally to do it," says Shaw.
The Globetrotters are in town for games in the New York area, including one at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
"A lot of family fun, entertainment, kids smiling. You're going to come out and have a great time at the game, that's basically it," says Greenup.
The Globies also bring their "CHEER" character-building program to local schools when they are in town. The name stands for "Cooperation, Healthy mind and body, Effort, Enthusiasm and Responsibility."
"If these kids could live by these five characteristics and carry throughout their everyday life they'll become a better person," says Shaw.
They may become better ball-handlers too. The children were thrilled to get a visit from Slick and Airport.
"It's pretty cool because they are professionals and they are really cool to play with and it's fun," said one student.
"That thing where he spun the ball on his finger, two at the same time, and like did backwards and stuff, that was pretty cool," said another.
I couldn't pass up the chance to learn a few tricks myself, though I don't see the Globetrotters signing me up any time soon. The kids agreed.
If you want to check out the Globetrotters while they're in town, visit harlemglobetrotters.com for more information. Don't look for me on the court, though.