For 90 years, the Harlem Globetrotters have spread joy to audiences of all ages with their dynamic combination of physical skill and comedic timing.
In celebration of this milestone, the Globetrotters are taking a 90th anniversary world tour, making sure to pack extra smiles, sportsmanship and service into each performance, including their stop Tuesday in Macon.
Moose Weekes, a native Georgian, is living his dream with the Harlem Globetrotters.
"I can't think of another job where you can have such a great time doing what you love to do, while putting smiles on people's faces every day," said Weekes. "It's amazing to be able to play in front of your home fans, who have supported you as you grew up. I played in Macon as a high school basketball player in the championships. ... I'm so excited I can't even put it into words."
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As part of the tour, the Globetrotters have launched the Great Assist program, which allows fans to nominate a worthwhile cause or deserving family in need of a smile at www.GreatAssist.com.
"We will try and do what we can do, when we are in your city," Weekes said. "We will do our part to try and make a difference. We are very passionate about spreading good cheer with basketball. How many other jobs can you do something you love where it feels like you're making a difference? It's been great to talk to kids about our anti-bullying program and encourage them to overcome any situation."
On the basketball court, Weekes promises incredible ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction.
"You will see amazing athleticism -- along with a ton of charisma," he said. "But the best part for most fans is getting to interact with the players. We get into the crowd and sometimes even suggest bringing a rain coat."
"We make it look good," Weekes laughed. "We pride ourselves on putting on a great show. For 90 years, we've kept a rich legacy and I never imagined being a part of something so big. We play in front of thousands of fans, and we are ignited by the fans' enthusiasm and passion. We love providing them with a good, family-oriented memory. This is a chance to forget some of your troubles."
For Weekes, the fans are his primary drive.
"I love sharing laughter; it's a universal language. No matter what your background is, you can share that joy with a complete stranger. We've seen that all over the world. Smiles are the same everywhere," he said. "The Globetrotters are everyone's home team. We are all about making those lifetime memories -- for the big kids and the little kids alike."
Harlem Globe Trotters
When: 7 p.m. March 8
Where: Macon Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive
Cost: $22-$75; bench seats at $238