The Harlem Globetrotters played their first game on January 7th, 1927. At the time they were The Chicago Globetrotters, the name officially changed in 1929, though they didn’t play a game in Harlem until 1968. They chose the name because it was a place strongly connected to African American culture at the time. For many years after the founding of the Globetrotters, African American athletes were not permitted in the NBA, so the Harlem Globetrotters gave these athletes a chance to play basketball professionally. They became popular throughout the country by being more than just basketball players. They worked comedy and theater into their games to make them a well rounded source of entertainment for all kinds of people. The Harlem Globetrotters tour all over the United States all throughout the year, and often visit other countries as well, so the best way to celebrate this holiday is by looking up the touring team to get tickets for the next game they’ll play near you!