Harlem Globetrotters entertain at Rancho Bernardo High

18 Feb

Ashton McClure and Kim Pierce desperately tried to keep five balloons from touching the ground.

Ethan Storey frantically pulled tissues out of a tissue box.

Their competition? None other than the Harlem Globetrotters.

Making their first appearance ever at Rancho Bernardo High, the Globetrotters — in town to perform their show Friday night at the Valley View Casino Center — entertained a gym full of energized students with their basketball tricks and participated in five wacky competitions against 20 Rancho Bernardo athletes Friday in two different school assemblies.


Rancho Bernardo was selected to receive a visit from the Globetrotters because of its fundraising efforts for the victims of last year’s tsunami in Japan, and for their food collection efforts for the San Diego Food Bank.

“It is really great that we were chosen for this,” said Broncos boys basketball player Shane Brown, who competed in the balloon event. “Out of all the schools that could have been selected, they picked us. It really is an honor.”

The school is just the second in the country to have participated in what is called the “2012 Give Happy Challenge” by Howard Johnson, a sponsor of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Also at the event were some 20 children from the Starlight Children’s Foundation. The health-challenged children got the chance to interact with the Globetrotters behind the scenes, as did some of the Rancho Bernardo athletes.

“It’s really cool to get a chance to hang out with some of the players,” Broncos girls basketball player Aliyah Potts said. “They have all been really nice and great. I got to take a picture with the 7-foot-2 guy (Jermaine “Stretch” Middleton).”


Richie Orlins, a boys basketball player for the Broncos, grew up watching the Harlem Globetrotters. He was ecstatic to get a chance to compete with them in the “Cup Tower” competition (object is to move stacked plastic cups from the bottom to the top).

“It was a cool experience and it was fun to have a competition with them,” Orlins said. “I saw them live about five years ago and sat right behind the bench. They’re a blast to be around.”

The group of 20 athletes from Rancho Bernardo were able to defeat the entertaining bunch of Globetrotters in the majority of the five competitions, which ranged from sliding cookies down their faces and into their mouths with no hands, to rolling eggs across the court by fanning a pizza box over them.

Howard Johnson donated $2,500 to Rancho Bernardo High School for the win.

Even principal Paul Robinson got in on a little competition with the Globetrotters. He showed off his four years of college basketball experience in a game of H-O-R-S-E. Robinson drained a few 3-pointers and hit an impressive shot from behind the backboard.


“It’s fun for me to see these guys,” Robinson said. “I love basketball. I played four years of it in college and I was up at 6 a.m. playing with a bunch of guys. I really thank Howard Johnson and the Globetrotters for selecting us.”


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One Response to “Harlem Globetrotters entertain at Rancho Bernardo High”

  1. Rancho Bernardo Dentist February 25, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Looks like everyone had fun at the event, considering even principal Robinson had his share of sportsmanship. Keep up the good work Rancho Bernardo High!

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