Now in their 94th year, the Harlem Globetrotters have become an institution loved by fans all over the world. In fact, the Globetrotters have lived up to their name by holding the Guinness Book of World Records title for having visited the most countries. That is just one of 22 world records held by the iconic basketball performers.

In December the Globetrotters started a new world tour that will take the basketball playing ambassadors of fun to 124 countries for 200 performances.As a part of their “Pushing the Limits” world tour, the Globetrotters have plans attempt to set a new Guinness Book of World Records record in each show.

And in some venues, fans will get to see the “Magic Circle” performed in the dark with a lighted basketball.

For the upcoming performance at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York; Thunder will attempt to break the record for the longest two-handed underhand shot (sometimes referred to as the “granny shot”) which is currently held by fellow Globetrotter Hammer Harrison.

Coming from small beginnings with only a single team and a few players, the Harlem Globetrotters have grown into an iconic phenomenon that features over 30 players and three teams traveling the world rollicking up and down the court, slam dunking, and generally causing a raucous as they battle the Washington Generals.

And when the Globetrotters make a stop in Buffalo on February 7, fans will notice something else about the team – it isn’t just a boys club any more.

In 1985 Lynette Woodard became the first female Harlem Globetrotter. It would take another 20 years before another lady basketball player would join the team when TNT Lister would leave the WBA for the Globetrotters and some basketball hilarity. She will be a part of the team on the court in Buffalo.

One of the team’s newest members, Hops Pearce – the Globetrotters office gives each player their nicknames – is currently on a media tour promoting the team and its tour. On his January 28 visit to Buffalo, Hops visited the Children’s Hospital, presented a Globetrotters jersey to a Buffalo Police Office for his anti-bullying efforts while visiting Roosevelt Elementary School, and took in a Buffalo Sabres hockey game.

A New York state native, Hops was asked to join the Globetrotters in 2018 right out of college after he won the Dark Horse Slam Dunk contest.

A fan of the unicycle, is there perhaps a Slam Dunk from a unicycle in Hops future???

Harlem Globetrotters tour dates:
Jan 30 at the NIU Convocation Center in Dekalb, IL
Jan 30 at the South Okanagan Event Centrei n Penticton, BC
Jan 30 at the JQH Arena in Springfield, MO
Jan 31 at the Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock, AR
Jan 31 at the Abbotsford Centre in Abbotsford, BC
Jan 31 at the State Farm Center in Champaign, IL
Feb 1 at Calihan Hall in Detroit, MI
Feb 1 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN
Feb 1 at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC
Feb 2 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, IN

Feb 2 at the VIU Gym in Nanaimo, BC
Feb 2 at the First National Bank Arena in Jonesboro, AR
Feb 3 at the Stroh Center in Bowling Green, KY
Feb 3 at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, MO
Feb 4 at the Gale Bullman Building in Rolla, MO
Feb 4 at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee, WA
Feb 5 at the Boswell Auditorium in Lebanon, MO
Feb 5 at the First Arena in Elmira, NY
Feb 6 at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, NY
Feb 6 at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eurgene, OR
Feb 7 at the Yakima Valley Sundome in Yakima, WA
Feb 7 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
Feb 7 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE
Feb 8 at the Moda Center in Portland, OR
Feb 8 & 9 at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, MO
Feb 8 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO
Feb 8 at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY
Feb 9 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY
Feb 9 at the Ridgeview High School in Redmond, OR
Feb 10 at the Stormont Vail Events Center in Topeka, KS
Feb 10 at the Enterprise High School in Redding, CA

\Feb 11 at the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls, NY
Feb 11 at the Checotah High School in Checotah, OK
Feb 12 at the Hartnell Community College Gym in Salinas, CA
Feb 12 & 13 at the Collins Arena in Lincroft, NJ
Feb 13 at the Kay Yeager Coliseum in Wichita Falls, TX
Feb 13 at the Joe White Memorial Gymnasium in Santa Maria, CA
Feb 14 at the Pechanga Arena in San Diego, CA
Feb 14 at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT
Feb 14 at the Reed Arena in College Station, TX
Feb 15 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT
Feb 15 at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, CA
Feb 15 & 16 at the Fertitta Center of UH in Houston, TX
Feb 16 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
Feb 16 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Feb 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Feb 17 at the Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield, CA
Feb 17 at the Ford Arena in Beaumont, TX
Feb 18 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA
Feb 18 at the Lake Charles Civic Center in Lake Charles, LA
Feb 19 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, MA
Feb 19 at the Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz, CA
Feb 19 at the El Dorado Wildcat Arena in El Dorado, AR
Feb 20 at the Four States Fairground in Texarkana, AR
Feb 20 at the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, NY
Feb 21 at the Herrington Patriot Center in Tyler, TX
Feb 21 at the Shadow Hills High School in Indio, CA
Feb 22 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA
Feb 22 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Feb 22 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Feb 23 at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX
Feb 23 at The Oncenter War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, NY
Feb 24 at the Bobcat Arena in Frostburg, MD
Feb 24 at the United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, TX
Feb 25 at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletics Complex in Indiana, PA
Feb 25 at the Casper Events Center in Casper, WY
Feb 26 at the Barnett Plaza in Rapid City, SD
Feb 26 at the Sames Auto Arena in Laredo, TX
Feb 27 at the Bonus Arena in Hull, UK
Feb 27 & 28 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX
Feb 27 at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA
Feb 28 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, UK
Feb 28 at the Budweiser Events Centeri n Loveland, CO
Feb 28 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA
Feb 29 at the Brighton Centre in Brighton, UK
Feb 29 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Feb 29 at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, DE
Feb 29 at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO
Feb 29 at the Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg, TX
March 1 at The O2 in London, UK
March 1 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
March 1 at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, CO
March 1 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX
March 2 at the Arena in Birmingham, UK
March 2 at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA
March 3 at the Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum in Amarillo, TX
March 3 at the Lambros Arena in Oneonta, NY
March 3 at the Brazoswood High School in Clute, TX
March 4 at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, UK
March 4 at The Coliseum in Snyder, TX
March 4 at the RWJBarabas Health Arena in Toms River, NJ
March 5 at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, UK
March 5 at the Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville, TX
March 5 at the APG Federal Credit Union Arena in Bel Air, MD
March 6 at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, UK
March 6 at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, LA
March 6 at the NMSU Pan American Center in Las Cruces, NM
March 6 at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA
March 7 at The SSE Arena in London, UK
March 7 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, NM
March 7 at the CAJUNDOME in Lafayette, LA
March 7 at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ
March 8 at the Arena in Manchester, UK
March 8 at the Gallup High School in Gallup, NM
March 8 at the UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, LA
March 8 at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, MD
March 9 at the Houma Terrebonne Civic Center in Houma, LA
March 10 at the United Wireless Arena in Dodge City, KS
March 11 at the PalaPrometeo in Ancona, Italy
March 11 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, MS
March 11 at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, VA
March 12 at the PalaGalassi in Forli, Italy
March 12 at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA
March 12 at the SLU University Center in Hammond, LA
March 12 at the Stride Bank Center in Enid, OK
March 13 at the Enerxenia Arena in Varese, Italy
March 13 at the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, KS
March 13 at the Arthur Ashe Athletic Center in Richmond, VA
March 13 at the ‘Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria, VA
March 14 at the Mediolanum Forum in Assago, Italy
March 14 at the Chartway Arena in Norfolk, VA
March 14 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
March 14 at the Raising Can’es River Center in Baton Rouge, LA
March 15 at the RDS Stadium in Genova, Italy
March 15 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK
March 15 at the Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola, FL
March 15 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
March 16 at the AGSM Forum in Verona, Italy
March 16 at the Van Es Arena in Rome, GA
March 17 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, ME
March 17 at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff, MO
March 18 at the Azur Arena in Antibes, France
March 18 at the Pepsi Arena in Quincy, IL
March 18 at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, ME
March 19 at the Arena Du Pays D’Aix in Aix En Provence, France
March 19 at the James R. Wilkins Jr Athletics and Events Center in Winchester, VA
March 19 at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, ME
March 19 at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, IA
March 20 at the Le Parnasse in Nimes, France
March 20 at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI
March 20 at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque, IA
March 21 at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA
March 21 at the Narbonne Arena in Narbonne, France
March 21 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
March 21 at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, NH
March 21 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids IA
March 22 at the Grand Palais Des Sports in Toulouse, France

March 22 at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, IL
March 22 at the GIANT Center in Hershey, PA
March 22 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA
March 23 at the Hellyer Center in Ottumway, IA
March 24 at the Zenith de Nantes Metropole in Saint Herblain, France
March 24 at The Holmes Center in Boone, NC
March 24 at the Patrick Gymnasium in Burlington, VT
March 25 at the Complexe Omnisports Des Vauzelles in Chateaubernard, France
March 25 at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, IA
March 25 at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, NC
March 26 at the Williams Arena in Greenville, NC
March 26 at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, WI
March 26 at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, QC
March 27 at the Brest Arena in Brest, France
March 27 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
March 27 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC
March 27 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN
March 28 at the Glaz Arena in Cesson-Sevigne, France
March 28 at the LJVM Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC
March 28 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
March 28 at the Place Bell in Laval, QC
March 29 at the Docks Oceane in Le Havre, France
March 29 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
March 29 at the AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, MN
March 29 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON
March 30 at The Sanford Center in Bemidji, MN
March 30 at the Ed Lumley Arena in Cornwall, ON
March 31 at the Palais Des Sports Pierre Ratte in Saint Quentin, France
March 31 at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in Mankato, MN
March 31 at the Leon’s Centre in Kingston, ON
April 1 at the Sportica – Gravelines in Gravelines, France
April 1 at the Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener, ON
April 1 at the Wachs Arena in Aberdeen, SD
April 2 at the Caisse D’epargne Arena in Charleville-Mezieres, France
April 2 at the Watertown Civic Arena in Watertown, SD
April 2 at the Memorial Centre in Peterborough, ON
April 3 at thee Palais Des Sports in Nancy, France
April 3 at the Hodges Fieldhouse in Fort Dodge, IA
April 3 at the First Ontario Centre in Hamilton, ON
April 4 at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France
April 4 at the Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto, ON
April 4 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA
April 5 at the Arena Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland
April 5 at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre in Mississauga, ON
April 5 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, NE
April 7 at the Palace Halli in Trento, Italy
April 8 at the PalaFacchetti in Treviglio, Italy
April 8 at the Menominee Nation Arena in St. Catharines, ON
April 9 at the Sadlon Arena in Barrie, ON
April 10 at the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa, ON
April 11 at the Budweiser Gardens in London, ON
April 12 at the AccorHotels Arena in Harma, Finland
April 13 at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland
April 14 at the Richard J Currie Centre in Fredericton, NB
April 15 at the Partill Arena in Gothenburg, Sweden
April 15 at the Credit Union Place in Summerside, PE
April 16 at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, NS
April 17 at the Ceres Arena in Aarhus, Denmark
April 17 at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown, PE
April 18 at the Ballerup Arena in Ballerup, Denmark
April 18 at the Avenir Centre in Moncton, NB
April 19 at the König-Pilsener-Arena in Oberhausen, Germany
April 19 at the Harbour Station in St. John, NB
April 21 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany
April 22 at the Fraport Arena in Frankfurt, Germany
April 23 at the Kleine EWE Arena in Oldenburg, Germany
April 24 at the edel-optics de Arena in Hamburg, Germany
April 25 at the EmslandArena in Lingen, Germany
April 26 at the Sparkassen-Arena in Jena, Germany
April 27 at the MHPArena Ludwigsburg in Ludwigsburg, Germany
April 29 at the Telekom Dome in Bonn, Germany
April 30 at the Audi Dome in Munich, Germany
May 1 at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany
May 2 at the Swiss Life Hall in Hannover, Germany
May 3 at the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany
May 8 at the Palacio Martin Carpena in Malaga, Spain
May 9 at the Pabellón Fuente de San Luís in Valencia, Spain
May 10 at the WiZink Center in Madrid, Spain
May 11 at the Palau Son Moix in Mallorca, Spain
May 12 at the Centro Deportivo San Pablo in Sevilla, Spain
May 13 at the Polideportivo Pisuerga in Valladolid, Spain
May 14 at the Complexo Deportivo das Travesas in Vigo, Spain
May 15 at the Palacio de Deportes de la Guía in Gijon, Spain
May 16 at the Pabellón La Casilla / Kasillako Pabilioia in Bilbao, Spain
May 17 at the Palau Olímpic de Badalona in Barcelona, Spain
May 19 at the Spike Hall in Budapest, Hungary
Oct 24 at the CDMX Arena in Mexico City, Mexico
Oct 25 at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico