Glo­be­trot­ters per­form

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where each player demon­strates their unique bas­ket­ball- han­dling skills to the tune of “Sweet Ge­or­gia Brown.”

“There’s so­many­d­if­fer­ent plays thatwe run, but the­mostim­por­tant thing is pulling peo­ple out onto the court. There is a lot of crowd­par­tic­i­pa­tion,” Blakes said.“Thebest thing, forme, is tomeet­the fans af­ter the game to sign au­to­graphs. ... We­knowthat kids look upto us. We­don’tmind­be­ing role mod­els.”

Peo­ple also can pur­chase the “Magic Pass,” which is a pre- game even­twhere par­tic­i­pants can shoot hoops, learn tricks and take pho­tos with the Glo­be­trot­ters.

“We put out a big uni­form— one of my team­mateswears a size 20 shoe— and kids ba­si­cally drown them­selves in the uni­forms to take pic­tures,” Blakes added.

Not only does the team per­form­for fam­i­lies across the globe, but they also be­come in­vested in each com­mu­nity they travel to through their many part­ners.

Blakes is one of the team’sAm­bas­sadors of Good­will, work­ing­with chil­dren around the­world through out­reach or­ga­ni­za­tions. That in­cludes SPIN, or Some Play­time Is Nec­es­sary, which pro­motes phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity; “CHEER ( Co­op­er­a­tion, Healthy Mind and Body, Ef­fort, En­thu­si­asm, Re­spon­si­bil­ity) for Char­ac­ter” and the Smile Pa­trol, for­which play­ers visit chil­dren in hos­pi­tals.

Last fall, he trav­eled to Lithua­nia and Es­to­nia as part of theU. S. State Depart­ment’s Sport­sEn­voy pro­gram, where he and team­mate Ace Jack­son pre­sented the team’s renowned anti- bul­ly­ing pro­gra­mand con­ducted bas­ket­ball clin­ics for thou­sands of kids.

“Iwould saymy fa­vorite part is get­ting to see the­w­hole­world and hav­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact at the same time,” Blakes said. “Most peo­ple love to give back, but their jobs don’t al­low. They have to wait un­til they get off work to vol­un­teer, or do some­thing for char­ity.

“I get a chance to give back each and every mo­ment I step out on the bas­ket­ball court, no mat­ter­where in the­world I am.”

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