Harlem Globetrotters give special performance for Easter Seals families

Some Easter Seals Hawaii families were given an exclusive treat Wednesday night.

The Harlem Globetrotters have entertained crowds for decades, usually in large arenas in front of sold-out audiences.

But on Wednesday, a couple of members did their thing in front of just a handful of special invited guests.

“(It’s) awesome and exciting to see them here,” said Harlem Globetrotters fan Yuka Aida.

The lucky young spectators are part of the YES, or Youth Enrichment Services, division of Easter Seals Hawaii.

“This is one of the many services that we provide and we want families to come out and enroll in our programs and take advantages of the services we have to offer,” said Easter Seals Hawaii youth services manager Jennifer Norton.

While the kids were treated to a fun exhibition, it was a bit more serious with some Wounded Warriors and others, who have some pretty good ball-handling skills of their own.

“Tonight was kind of an exceptional night because we have the Globetrotters, but we do this every Wednesday night from 6 to 8 (p.m.) at the McCully recreation center. Everybody is welcome, even if you don’t have a disability,” said Hanna Walker of the Wounded Warrior program.

“This was awesome. It was very intimate,” said Harlem Globetrotter Sweet J Ekworomadu. “It’s my first time doing wheelchair basketball, but it’s a great message. It shows that whatever your disabilities are, you can do whatever you want. You can play basketball and this is actually a very tough sport. My arms are killing me now.”

This weekend, the Globetrotters will perform three games at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena. First tip-off is set for Saturday, May 30, at 2 p.m. with a night cap of the doubleheader scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday.

Then the Globetrotters wrap up their 50th state slate on Sunday, May 31, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the arena box office or online here.

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