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FIRST FEMALE HARLEM GLOBETROTTER IN 20 YEARS LEADS WORLD FAMOUS TEAM INTO TORONTO

FIRST FEMALE HARLEM GLOBETROTTER IN 20 YEARS LEADS WORLD FAMOUS TEAM INTO TORONTO ON FEBRUARY 9-10

TNT Maddox will inspire all girls throughout Canada when she leads the world famous Harlem Globetrotters into Rogers Centre for her Toronto debut on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.

As a former standout at Temple University, TNT joined the Globetrotters in the fall of 2011 as the ninth woman to play for the team in 87 years.  She is the first female Globetrotter since 1993.  The first woman to ever play for a men’s professional basketball team was a Globetrotter – Hall of Famer Lynette Woodard – who signed in 1985.

TNT and the Globetrotters will play a portion of every game with specially-designed PINK Spalding basketballs to promote breast cancer awareness. The team is also selling pink wristbands, and a portion of the proceeds from each pair sold will benefit Susan G. Komen For the Cure.

The Globetrotters’ 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour will allow Canadian fans to choose the rules of each game.  New rules include the addition of a penalty box, playing with two basketballs at once, getting double the points for each basket, and more.  Fans can vote for their favorite rule at www.harlemglobetrotters.com/rule.

TNT is scheduled to join many current Globetrotter stars in Toronto, including two-time competitor on “The Amazing Race” Big Easy Lofton and dribblers Handles Franklin and Scooter Christensen.  Toronto will also be introduced Stretch Middleton, the third tallest Globetrotter in history at 7-ft 4-in.

Tickets for the Rogers Centre games are on sale now at www.harlemglobetrotters.com, www.ticketmaster.ca, the Rogers Centre box office, or by phone at 800-985-5000. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at the Globetrotters’ website under “Get Tickets.”

Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Wonderful Pistachios, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 87th consecutive year, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 121 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 more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

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