Dubai: A talented player from the UAE or the Gulf region could end up as a Harlem Globetrotter in the near future, according to one of the top officials from the UAE Basketball Association (UAEBA).
"We have been privileged to have the Harlem Globetrotters come and visit us for the past two years, and I do not see any reason why we cannot have at least one of our talented players as a globetrotter in the future," said Abdullah Al Ansari, general secretary, UAEBA.
The Harlem Globetrotters will kick off their UAE tour with exhibition matches at the Al Jazira Club, Abu Dhabi, on May 7-8 and then at Al Nasr Club in Dubai on May 9-12.
The UAE intends to start its search for such a talented youngster by having a few members of the junior national squad attend a training camp in the USA with the Globetrotters.
"We will be talking about our juniors going away to the US to train with these legends," added Al Ansari.
Eugene Edgerson, the Advance Ambassador of the Globetrotters was all in favour. "It would be a great partnership to have the youngsters spend time with us in the US. We are a sound team which believes in the basics of the game," he said.
The Harlem Globetrotters tour is organised by Delwood, in cooperation with Dubai Autism Centre and UAEBA and support from Chevrolet, FedEx, Gulf News, Sport Extra, Radio 1 & 2, City 7, Oasis Water and Arabian Park Hotel.
Dubai Autism Centre all set to benefit
The Harlem Globetrotters will be performing here for a worthy cause. The Arabian Park Hotel has clubbed the Globetrotters' visit with a series of promotions to mark their first anniversary. There will be drop boxes to raise funds for the Dubai Autism Centre from May 1-12.
Mark Lee, general manager Arabian Park Hotel, said the collection drive was aimed at raising more than Dh25,000.