When I was growing up, a new calendar year also meant the Harlem Globetrotters were coming to town. Every January I’d watch the commercials promoting their upcoming appearance, and I’d wish to go.

My wish came true when I was 10 years old. I remember feeling so lucky that I was getting the chance to go with my family and see them. And, I remember feeling as though I was a small part of a big historical event.

Of course, our evening with Curly Neal, Meadowlark Lemon and the team was magical. And, it was just as magical to experience the Globetrotters when my husband and I took our kids twenty years ago.

Why are the Globetrotters so amazing? As explained in Here Comes the Harlem Globetrotters (Larry Dobrow), “Globetrotters must possess a unique combination of traits. Beyond athletic skill, Globetrotters must be great entertainers, dazzling the audience with amazing basketball feats and making them laugh. And most importantly, a Harlem Globetrotter must be an ambassador of goodwill.”

Now, after experiencing their magic, watching “The Team That Changed The World” and reading more about them, I understand and appreciate their incredible importance and impact in both American and World history.

It’s another new year AND today is Harlem Globetrotters Day.

Time to experience their magic again. This time with an exponential amount of awe.