Oregon and Southwest Washington (Cascades Region) has joined forces with the
Harlem Globetrotters as its official charity
through the team’s Great Assist initiative. The focus
of the partnership is to help people in this region prepare for, respond to and
recover from disasters big and small.
Harlem Globetrotters will feature Red Cross services and volunteers at games throughout
their basketball season, including two at the Moda Center in Portland on February 11th at 2
p.m. and 7 p.m. and one at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene on February 12th at 4:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at www.harlemglobetrotters.com. Donations to benefit
disaster relief will be collected at halftime and local volunteers will be
recognized on the court for their service to the Red Cross.
partnership brings two great American organizations together in order to
achieve a common goal—to help people in need and to put smiles on people’s
faces,” said Howard Smith, President of the Harlem Globetrotters. “We look
forward to helping the Red Cross achieve their goals by incorporating their
messaging into everything we do on and off the court.”
globally as the Ambassadors of Goodwill, the Harlem Globetrotters’ Great Assist
initiative, promises to spread 100 million smiles over the next decade through
sportsmanship and service. As part of a two-year partnership, the Red Cross
will engage the Harlem Globetrotters nationally and locally in all aspects of
its mission. During the first year, the team will join the Red Cross, along
with local fire departments and other community partners, as the organization
works to install its one millionth smoke alarm by October 2017 to help
Americans stay safe from home fires. The Red Cross Cascades Region has already
installed more than 10,000 smoke alarms throughout Oregon and Southwest
2016, the Red Cross responded to approximately 668 disasters, making it a
devastating year for thousands of people affected by home fires, floods,
wildfires and more. In Oregon and SW Washington, the Red Cross helps an average
of three families affected by disasters every single day.
more than 90 years, the Harlem Globetrotters have been a leader in fun and
wholesome family entertainment and committed to being Ambassadors of Goodwill
across the world. Every year, the team travels to hundreds of schools,
children’s hospitals and overseas military bases, bringing people together
through acts of kindness.
For more information about donating, visit redcross.org/HarlemGlobetrotters. People can also support the Red Cross by
texting ASSIST to 90999 to make a $10 donation, and by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800- RED CROSS to schedule an
appointment to donate blood or platelets near you. To learn more about the
Harlem Globetrotters, please visit harlemglobetrotters.com.