HIDALGO – Earlier in the year the Harlem Globetrotters spent a day at the A-T-T Center in San Antonio, home of the Spurs and broke nine Guinness World Records.
Now the Globetrotters will be coming to the State Farm Arena Monday Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are on sale now at harlemglobetrotters.com or the State Farm Arena box office and start at $24.50.
Making his way to the Rio Grande Valley stop of the tour will be El Gato Melendez, the first and only Puerto Rican-born player to perform with the Harlem Globetrotters.
Melendez said the Globetrotters will incorporate the four-point line with their show this year.
“It's going to be pretty fun to watch,” he said. “It's 30 feet away from the basket which will bring excitement and fun for the entire family.”
Initially multiple boxes were set up on the court where shots that were made would be worth four points but now the Globetrotters have added a four-point line. Melendez said it's almost a half-court shot and expect to see four or five of those shots in the game.
For the Harlem Globetrotters entertaining audiences with their impressive basketball skills is only half of their tour. They visit local non-profits and hospitals and help bring cheer to local children.
Last week Melendez visited the Boys and Girls Club of Pharr to talk about the consequences of bullying.
Melendez is now in his fourth year with the Harlem Globetrotters and when people are smiling during the performance he gets a remarkable feeling.
“Sometimes it takes two hours to help people in many ways,” he said. “(To) bring them a lot of smiles and interaction with the crowd it helps them forget whatever is going on with them for those two hours, it is the best thing I've started doing since I've joined the Globetrotters.”