• Ant gets a little excited and climbs the backboard during the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

    The sign says No Dunking Ant!

    Ant gets a little excited and climbs the backboard during the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

  • Hi-Lite has fun with the crowd during the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

    Yes thats right, I am talking to you!

    Hi-Lite has fun with the crowd during the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

  • Slick helps a lucky fan spin the ball at center court during the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

    Look at what I can do!

    Slick helps a lucky fan spin the ball at center court during the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

  • Kevin Griess, left, USAG Ansbach deputy commander, presents Sweet-J, middle, and Hacksaw, right, of the Harlem Globetrotters commemorative plaques Dec. 8, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center.

    USAG Ansbach presents commemorative plaques to the Harlem Globetrotters

    Kevin Griess, left, USAG Ansbach deputy commander, presents Sweet-J, middle, and Hacksaw, right, of the Harlem Globetrotters commemorative plaques Dec. 8, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center.

  • Kevin Griess, USAG Ansbach deputy commander, gets to show his skills to Hacksaw, right foreground, and Sweet-J, right background, before the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 8 at Bunch Fitness Center.

    Look at what I can do!

    Kevin Griess, USAG Ansbach deputy commander, gets to show his skills to Hacksaw, right foreground, and Sweet-J, right background, before the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 8 at Bunch Fitness Center.

  • Globie, the Harlem Globetrotters mascot, chills with the crowd before the group's performance Dec. 8, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center.

    Globie hangs out with the crowd.

    Globie, the Harlem Globetrotters mascot, chills with the crowd before the group's performance Dec. 8, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center.

  • The Harlem Globetrotters warm up before their performance at USAG Ansbach's Bunch Fitness Center Dec. 8, 2013.

    Warm up, Globetrotter style.

    The Harlem Globetrotters warm up before their performance at USAG Ansbach's Bunch Fitness Center Dec. 8, 2013.

  • Slick spins two basketballs at once during the warm-up before the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 8, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center.

    Yes, that is right, two at once.

    Slick spins two basketballs at once during the warm-up before the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 8, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center.

  • Hacksaw slam dunks the ball from the free throw line during the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

    Slam dunk, Hacksaw style.

    Hacksaw slam dunks the ball from the free throw line during the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

  • Hi-Lite claims he is sitting on Santa's lap and ask him for his Christmas presents during the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

    Look! It's SANTA!

    Hi-Lite claims he is sitting on Santa's lap and ask him for his Christmas presents during the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

  • Hacksaw balances the ball on his head before making a shot during the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

    What, I can use my hands?

    Hacksaw balances the ball on his head before making a shot during the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

  • Hi-Lite dances with a "volunteer" from the audience while the rest of the team provides back up during the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

    Hi-Lite dances with a member of the audience.

    Hi-Lite dances with a "volunteer" from the audience while the rest of the team provides back up during the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

  • Hi-Lite grabs a bucket and is ready for some mischief during the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

    Hi-Lite is ready for some mischief

    Hi-Lite grabs a bucket and is ready for some mischief during the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

  • Hi-Lite fools the crowd in believing he had water in his bucket and dumps confetti on them during the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

    Hi-Lite gets the crowd all

    Hi-Lite fools the crowd in believing he had water in his bucket and dumps confetti on them during the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

  • Who is having more fun, the child or Hi-Lite. The Harlem Globetrotters performed Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks

    Dancing with a happy Globetrotter

    Who is having more fun, the child or Hi-Lite. The Harlem Globetrotters performed Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks

  • A child gives Sweet-J "10" after dancing with her during the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

    Give me 10!

    A child gives Sweet-J "10" after dancing with her during the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

  • During the autograph session, Slick hams it up for the camera after the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

    Slick hams it up for the camera.

    During the autograph session, Slick hams it up for the camera after the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

  • Hi-Lite takes a time out to have his picture taken with a young fan after the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

    Hi-Lite with a happy young fan.

    Hi-Lite takes a time out to have his picture taken with a young fan after the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

  • Too Tall gives the camera a thumbs up during the autograph session after the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

    Too Tall is big on charm and talent.

    Too Tall gives the camera a thumbs up during the autograph session after the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

  • A lucky family gets a photo with Hacksaw, coach Jimmy Blacklock (a previous Harlem Globetrotter himself), Hi-Lite, Sweet-J and Thunder after the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

    Family photo, Globetrotter style!

    A lucky family gets a photo with Hacksaw, coach Jimmy Blacklock (a previous Harlem Globetrotter himself), Hi-Lite, Sweet-J and Thunder after the Harlem Globetrotter performance Dec. 6, 2013, at Bunch Fitness Center at USAG Ansbach's Storck Barracks.

ANSBACH, Germany (Dec. 10, 2013) -- What do Pope John Paul II, Wilt Chamberlain, Joyce "Sweet J" Ekworomadu and Henry Kissinger have in common? They are all Harlem Globetrotters.

The Harlem Globetrotters entertained a sold-out crowd in the Bunch Fitness Center at Storck Barracks Dec. 8, 2013.

While The Harlem Globetrotters have played more than 22,000 games in more than 120 countries in the 85 years since their start in Chicago -- yes, that is right, Chicago, Ill. -- in 1927, Karen Fritz of Navy Entertainment mentioned that this performance was special as for the last 12 years they have been entertaining Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines at home, overseas and on ships during the holiday season.

This is the 12th annual holiday tour that Armed Forces Entertainment and Navy Entertainment have been bringing the Harlem Globetrotters to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

The Harlem Globetrotters have entertained the military in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bahrain, South Korea, Europe, Africa, the South Pacific and even on Aircraft Carriers at sea. What started out as a show to boost troop morale after 9/11 turned into an annual event that the Harlem Globetrotters look forward to, even though the tough touring schedule takes them away from their friends and families during the holiday season. Hacksaw, while presenting USAG Ansbach a commemorative, autographed basketball stated that

"It's an honor for us to come and give back to those who give so much," said Hacksaw, while presenting USAG Ansbach a commemorative, autographed basketball.

"We enjoy bringing a bit of America to the troops overseas," said "Sweet J" Ekworomadu, current Globetrotter.

The event began with Globie, the Harlem Globetrotters mascot, entertaining the crowd with a game of musical chairs and a magic trick.

The Harlem Globetrotters then entertained the crowd for more than an hour with their basketball-handling skills, acrobatics, two-handed and two-basketball flying slam dunks, and half-court hook shots. The group made the entire fitness center roar with laughter.

At the end of their performance the Harlem Globetrotters signed autographs, had their pictures taken, and spent time talking with the spectators. They ensured that each and every person present had the chance to spend a moment with them.

Armed Forces Entertainment, Navy Entertainment, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers and many other volunteers made this event happen.

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