At North Philly school, the Harlem Globetrotters bring tricks and anti-bullying message

Hadas Kuznits
February 20, 2020 - 3:45 pm
The Harlem Globetrotters at Widener Memorial School in Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Students in North Philadelphia got up close and personal with members of the Harlem Globetrotters Thursday who came to their school to spread an anti-bullying message.

The Harlem Globetrotters brought their anti-bullying message to Widener Memorial School in Olney, where player Hops Pearce encouraged students to find someone they can talk to in times of need.

"And it’s part of our project with the National Campaign Against Violence, where we surveyed kids across the country and we asked them what was the main issue that they were facing and they all said bullying," Pearce said. 

Dante Gilliam connected with the Globetrotters' message about the importance of empathy.

"I think that people need to be nice to people more because nobody knows what people are going through in life," Gilliam said.

Student Daniel Carter says the Globetrotters' message was inspiring.

"Just to always be nice to people and never be rude and make friends with people," Carter said. 

Of course, you can’t have a Globetrotters school assembly without tricks. 

After showing off their skills, player Zeus McClurkin says they then added an obstacle: a wheelchair. 

Pearce and McClurkin played 3-on-3 with members of the school’s wheelchair basketball team of which Kaleaf Wartman is a member.

"It’s just like regular basketball except, you know, you’re in a wheelchair. But it’s really competitive, it’s really fun to watch and you’ve got to be strong," Wartman said.

The Harlem Globetrotters are in town for a series of games from Feb. 28 through March 1.