Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. to display historic memorabilia from basketball’s first-ever 4-pointer.
PHOENIX (Dec. 9, 2010) – History was made on Dec. 5, 2010, when basketball’s premier innovators, the Harlem Globetrotters, officially introduced the first-ever 4-point shot to the game of basketball—and the landmark moment will now be preserved for future generations at the mecca of the sport, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
Harlem Globetrotter Dizzy Grant drilled the first official 35-footer in the closing seconds of the first quarter of the Globetrotters’ nationally televised victory on ESPN2 over the Washington Generals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World. The basketball and 4-point circle utilized on the shot will now be displayed at the Hall of Fame.
Grant was one of four Globetrotters to successfully hit the groundbreaking shot on the night, along with Special K Daley, Ant Atkinson and Firefly Fisher.
Throughout the Globetrotters’ 2011 “4 Times the Fun” North American Tour, which will travel to 220 cities in 46 U.S. States and six Canadian provinces between December 26 and April 17, every game will now feature two designated 4-point shooting circles on each side of midcourt, each located 35 feet from the basket (the circles are 12 feet beyond the NBA’s official 3-point line).
Tickets for shows on the Globetrotters’ North American tour are now available. For complete event and ticket information, visit www.harlemglobetrotters.com.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is home to nearly three hundred inductees and 60,000 square feet of basketball history. Hundreds of interactive exhibits share the spotlight with skills challenges, live clinics, and shooting contests. The Harlem Globetrotters were inducted into the Hall of Fame Class of 2002, one of only eight teams to ever be so honored.
Sponsored by Campbell Soup Company, Howard Johnson Hotels, America’s Best Contacts and Eyeglasses, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 85th consecutive year in 2011, 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. 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.