|Ethan hanging out with the Harlem Globetrotters - how cool is THAT?|
People? You know me. I don't do a lot of promoting on my blog. I am not much about the products or the events. I am a writer. Who has a blog.
But when the lovely marketing folks from the Harlem Globetrotters contacted me about being one of their social media moms and promoting their upcoming New York City game on October 7th with a ticket discount code? I jumped at the chance. I may have even done a little jig.
Because my boys? Basketball? The great LOVE of their lives. About the one thing they both agree on. And the Globetrotters? An amazing family-oriented organization that does a whole lot more than just play basketball. They go into communities and make a difference. They inspire.
Also? Super nice folks. I know because I got to meet some of them. And Ethan? He got to PLAY BALL WITH THEM!
Yes, last week there was a small media event in the city for some of us mom and dad bloggers and our kids. Five members of the team took time off from their strenuous pre-season training to come say hello, sign some autographs, and play a little one-on-one with the under-five-foot set.
Ethan got to go toe-to-toe with Buckets, TNT, Slick, Big Easy and Hammer on the lovely basketball courts at The Sports Club/LA – New York on the Upper East Side.
He got his jersey signed by the gang, too (now never to be washed!) and we watched a demonstration of their famed "magic circle" where the players show off their neatest tricks.
Ethan had a BLAST, as you can plainly see. And I have to tell you these players were as nice as they were talented and funny.
Talking with Big Easy, I mentioned that Ethan had an equally basketball-loving autistic twin brother who couldn't be there that day (due to school transportation issues) and he expressed genuine regret that he didn't get the chance to play ball with him, was happy to hear that Jake would be coming to the game in October and told me he wanted to be sure to meet him then. Just... wow!
(Seems like the Globetrotters regularly work with and have special sensitivity to Special Needs kids on top of everything else. Could they be more perfect?)
So, from everything I have read about them, and then meeting them in person and seeing how roll (and spin and bounce) I can say I am over-the-top excited about going to their game on October 7th. And if you live in (or are visiting) the New York City area and have kids, I strongly encourage you to come join us at the game. It's going to be a great show, a blast, a whole lot of fun.
And as this show also happens to be the GRAND opening of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (new home of the Brooklyn Nets), you get bragging rights to being one of the first people to see the joint from the inside. Yet more cool.
Now the ticket specifics: The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to play at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sunday October 7th and I have a discount code for tickets for you all:
Click on the graphic above, or this link: GLOBETROTTERS at BARCLAYS CENTER and then the "Buy Tickets NOW!" link on that page. At the ticketmaster site that brings you to, enter my code: SQUASHED in the "Promotions and Special Offers" ticketing option and you will get $7 off each ticket you purchase. Voila!
Note that this is Columbus Day Weekend - so even though it's Sunday, it's NOT a SCHOOL NIGHT!
I also encourage you to find out more about and connect with the Globetrotters - they're VERY accessible. You can find them on Twitter, here: https://twitter.com/Globies and on Facebook, here: http://www.facebook.com/HarlemGlobetrotters.
Hope to see you at the game! We'll be there. With bells on.
**Disclosure: I am being compensated for my promotion of the Globetrotters in two ways. As an associate I will be receiving a small percentage of the money for tickets sold with my discount code. I will also receive tickets to the game for my family. All opinions of the Globetrotters and my experiences with them are unbiased and wholly my own.**