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News Release

Friday, February 10, 2012

Media Relations

Chief Charlie Beck/LAPD Basketball Team Partner with Harlem Globetrotters to Promote Safety, Respect and Education to Southland Kids

Safety Presentation and Basketball Demonstration performed by members of the Harlem Globetrotters, Chief Charlie Beck and the LAPD Basketball Team

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
11:00 a.m.

John Muir Middle School’s Gymnasium
5929 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90044

60th Street, west of Vermont Avenue

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck
Harlem Globetrotter Fatima “TNT” Maddox, the first female Globetrotter since 1993
Harlem Globetrotter “Big Easy Lofton,” a 7th season showman for the Globetrotters
LAPD Officers who make up the LAPD Basketball Team
Children and faculty from John Muir Middle School

To demonstrate the true partnership between the Los Angeles Police Department and the Harlem Globetrotters and to support the message of the Globetrotters’ Cooperation, Healthy mind & body, Effort, Enthusiasm, and Responsibility, “C.H.E.E.R.”™ Program.

The “C.H.E.E.R.”™ program targets elementary and middle school aged students and involves Globetrotter players who incorporate their signature ball handling skills with character education.  The program encourages kids to care about their school and each other in efforts to prepare them for the challenges they may face as young adults.

Combining the important message of “C.H.E.E.R.”™, the Harlem Globetrotters and the LAPD will ultimately give students a well-balanced program that informs and entertains.  In addition, students will be provided tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters World Tour at Honda Center on February 18th; STAPLES Center on February 19th, and Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario on February 20th.

On Sunday, February 19, 2012, at 5:00 p.m., during the Harlem Globetrotter’s show at STAPLES Center, Chief Charlie Beck and the LAPD Basketball Team will take to the court after halftime for a fun “shootout” with the Globetrotters.

For more information, please contact Police Officer Sara Faden, LAPD Media Relations Section at 213-486-5910.  On the day of the event, she can be reached at 213-841-2064. You may also call Lisa Carey, Lisa Carey Public Relations Office at 818-889-1085, or via cellular phone at 818-424-3676.