Famed Harlem Globetrotters headed to Kalispell

Posted at 9:09 AM, Oct 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-16 11:09:30-04

KALISPELL – A well known — and well loved — basketball team is headed to Northwest Montana.

The Rotary Club of Evergreen and Bigfork are co-sponsoring to bring the Harlem Globetrotters to Kalispell.

The event is a fundraiser with all of the proceeds going back into the community in the form of grants, donations and sponsorship scholarships.

Orlando Melendez (a.k.a “El Gato”) — the first Puerto Rican-born basketball player to play for the team — is in the Treasure State kicking off a media tour ahead of the November 13 event at Glacier High School.

The event will kick off the Harlem Globetrotters 93rd year of spreading love around the world through the game of basketball.

The team features a star-studded roster that will have fans on the edge of their seats to experience the ball handling wizardry of basketball artistry as well as a family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages.

Organizers say the Harlem Globetrotters will continue with stops across Montana supporting charitable organizations throughout the state with events in Missoula, Great Falls, Butte, Billings and Bozeman.

“This is going to be a show you can’t miss it’s going to be so much fun and it’s for such a worthy cause,” said Mary McClarty with the Evergreen Rotary Club.

“We have been doing this for 93-years and the best thing about this is our show is so great and so fun that we create memories that last a lifetime,” Melendez said.

“And there is nothing better to see then a younger and older generation bringing their younger kids to tell them how they enjoyed the Harlem Globetrotters back in the day and how we are now,” he added.

During his trip to Kalispell Melendez visited schools in Evergreen and Bigfork to talk about cyberbullying. He told MTN News that community outreach is a big part of what the Globetrotters are about.

Tickets for the November 13 event can be purchased on the Harlem Globetrotters website.