The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will visit Northern Michigan during the summer for the first time in team history. The Hall of Fame organization, featuring world-class basketball players and entertainers, will play four games and much more from July 31-Aug. 4 – coordinated by the YMCA of Northern Michigan..

The festivities will include Globetrotter Previews on July 31 at Mackinac Island, where fans will experience one-hour extravaganzas showcasing the team’s best material. On Aug. 2 in Bay View, the team will present their new summer skills clinic for kids, and Harlem Globetrotters Legend Curly Neal will share exciting and humorous stories from Globetrotter lore.

The Globetrotters will also bring their spectacular game to in Harbor Springs (Aug. 1), Petoskey (Aug. 2 and Aug. 4), and Charlevoix (Aug. 3).

The schedule for the summer festival includes:

Tuesday, July 31
Globetrotter Previews: 11:00 a.m.-Noon & 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Mackinac Island High School. General admission tickets are $20.00 and go on sale June 15 online at Ticketweb.com or the Mackinac Island Tourism office.

Wednesday, Aug. 1
Game: 7:00 p.m. at Harbor Springs High School.  Tickets are $25.00 and are on sale now at Ticketweb.com, the Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce, or the Northern Michigan YMCA in Petoskey.

Thursday, Aug. 2
•    Summer Skills Clinic for kids ages 6-14: 9:00-10:00 a.m., hosted by the Bay View Association. Cost is $15.00 and limited to the first 75 kids. Registration starts June 15 at the Bay View Association box office.
•    Harlem Globetrotters lecture series, with Curly Neal: 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Bay View Hall Auditorium. Tickets available at the Bay View Association box office starting June 15.
•    Game: 7:00 p.m. at Petoskey High School. Tickets are $25.00 and are on sale now at Ticketweb.com, the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce, or the Northern Michigan YMCA in Petoskey.

Friday, Aug. 3
Game: 7:00 p.m. at Charlevoix High School. Tickets are $25.00 and are on sale now at Ticketweb.com or the Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday, Aug. 4
Game: 7:00 p.m. at Petoskey High School. Tickets are $25.00 and are on sale now at Ticketweb.com, the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce, or the Northern Michigan YMCA in Petoskey.

Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 86th consecutive year in 2012, 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 fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.


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