Paul “Tiny” Sturgess, the world’s tallest professional basketball player, will be in the Philadelphia area showcasing his talents with the Harlem Globetrotters between Friday, March 9 and Sunday, March 11. Sturgess, a 7-foot-8 standout, will play five games in this region. The Guinness World Records officially recognized him as the world’s tallest professional basketball player on November 17, 2011.
Sturgess and the Globetrotters will play at the Liacouras Center on Temple’s campus on Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m. They will also play at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, N.J., on Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. and on Sunday, March 11 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center.
Sturgess will join Jonte “Too Tall” Hall, the shortest Globetrotter ever at 5-foot-2. Other rookie standouts include the top three finishers from the College Slam Dunk Contest last year. They will play with Globetrotter veterans such as Flight Time Lang — a two-time competitor on “The Amazing Race,” and the team’s showman Special K. Daley.
The original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 86th consecutive year in 2012, continuing a world famous tradition of ballhandling, spectacular play and entertainment for fans of all ages. Over the years, the Globetrotters have displayed their skills all over the world.
NFL and NBA Moms read to kids at local school
The NFL and NBA Moms recently celebrated Read Across America with the students and staff at the Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School, 1100 E. Erie Avenue. Each year the moms come together to participate in this program. All mothers who are participating in the “NFL and NBA Moms Read Across America Program” are members of the Professional Football Players Mothers’ Association (PFPMA), and NBA Mothers Association. The two groups of NBA and NFL moms educate and inform mothers about the business of professional football and basketball. The group seeks to enhance the public image of professional athletes, promote respect and fair play on and off the field and assist their sons in their charitable efforts and community service.
Last week, Carolyn Smith, mother of TV and movie star Will Smith, attended the program.
Sixers celebrate Harvey Pollack’s 90th birthday
The Philadelphia 76ers will celebrate Harvey Pollack’s 90th birthday when they host the Utah Jazz on Friday, March 9 at the Wells Fargo Center at 7 p.m. Pollack is currently the team’s director of statistical information, and well known for writing the “100” sign held by the late Wilt Chamberlain when he scored 100 points against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962, among many other accomplishments.