For the first time ever, the world-famous Harlem
Globetrotters are partnering with fitness club industry leader 24
Hour Fitness to host 120 summer skills clinics for youth across the
U.S. Designed to take fans ages six to 14 behind the curtain to see the
magic behind the Globetrottersâ€™ electrifying basketball skills and
tricks, participants will also learn about the importance of staying
active and eating healthy. The innovative clinics will take place at
approximately 40 24 Hour FitnessÂ® clubs in nine states over a
10-week period this summer.
â€œWe are excited to partner with 24 Hour Fitness on this innovative
program that combines the worldâ€™s most entertaining basketball team and
a national fitness leader,â€ Harlem Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider
said. â€œThese clinics are an extension of our brand and allow our fans to
experience unparalleled interaction with our talented players, while
promoting health and wellness for children in a fun setting.â€
Each clinic will be hosted in select markets and will be conducted by
current Globetrotter players. Two three-hour clinics will be held five
days per week at 24 Hour Fitness locations in:
Los Angeles, Calif.
San Francisco, Calif.
St. Louis, Mo.
Las Vegas, Nev.
Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.
â€œLike the Harlem Globetrotters, 24 Hour Fitness believes in the
importance of keeping our children active through physical activity and
sports,â€ said Randy Drake, senior vice president of fitness and business
development, 24 Hour Fitness. â€œWe are excited to be able to offer these
unique and entertaining basketball clinics to our members and partner
with the iconic Globetrotters.â€
As part of the partnership, the Harlem Globetrotters will offer
participants a voucher for a complimentary ticket to a 2013 World Tour
game. Additionally, 24 Hour Fitness will offer free 3-day passes and
discounts on club memberships to parents of clinic participants.
Registration information about the summer skills clinics can be found at www.harlemglobetrotters.com,
where visitors can find a complete list of clinic locations, dates, and
times. To supplement the live clinics, the Globetrotters will also run
â€œhow toâ€ drills and skills videos on key social media platforms to
extend the experience for clinic participants.
About the Harlem Globetrotters
Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and
Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating
their 86th 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
120 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 fansâ€”among them popes, kings, queens, and
presidentsâ€”over more than eight thrilling decades.
About 24 Hour Fitness
Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., 24 Hour Fitness is a leading health
club industry pioneer, serving nearly four million members in
approximately 420 clubs across the U.S. Since the first club opened in
1979, the company has been dedicated to helping members change their
lives and reach their individual fitness goals. With convenient club
locations, personal training services, innovative group exercise classes
and a variety of strength, cardio and functional training equipment - 24
Hour Fitness offers fitness solutions for everyone.
Through its support of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and many U.S.
National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of sport, 24 Hour Fitness is one of the
largest supporters of amateur athletics in the country and will serve as
the Official Fitness Center Sponsor of the 2012 U.S. Olympic and
Paralympic Teams. The company is committed to being a good neighbor in
its communities via charitable and in-kind donations to groups focused
on both helping Americans get healthy and improving youth fitness. The
companyâ€™s national accreditation from the Better Business Bureau, which
includes A+ ratings for all club locations across the U.S., demonstrates
the organizationâ€™s ongoing commitment to member satisfaction. Please
call 1-800-224-0240 or visit 24hourfitness.com
for more information and to find the club nearest you.