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'The Great Assist' brings Harlem Globetrotters Smile Patrol to visit kids at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo


Wed, Jan 27th 2016 02:40 pm
Zeus McClurkin with a patient.
Zeus McClurkin with a patient.

Celebrating 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, today, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters brought their Smile Patrol to Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, regional presenting partner of the Harlem Globetrotters' upcoming show in Buffalo on Feb 5.

Smile Patrol is the Harlem Globetrotters' proprietary hospital outreach program designed to brighten the day and lift the spirits of some very special fans unable to attend a Globetrotters game. Smile Patrol visits more than 150 children's hospitals worldwide annually, spreading joy and creating lifetime memories.

Harlem Globetrotters star Zeus McClurkin visited with patients, showing them his signature Harlem Globetrotters ball-handling skills, signing autographs and sharing some laughs.

The appearance was part of "The Great Assist," as the Globetrotters, known worldwide as the Ambassadors of Goodwill, are giving back even more during their 90th year and pledging to spread 100 million smiles around the world over the next 10 years with acts of kindness.

Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo is the regional presenting partner of the Harlem Globetrotters' family show at First Niagara Center in Buffalo at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. Tickets start at $20 and are available at harlemglobetrotters.com, Tickets.com, the First Niagara Center box office, or by phone at 1-888-223-6000. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at harlemglobetrotters.com.

For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters' official website: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

Founded in 1892, Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo is a 200-bed Kaleida Health facility and teaching hospital for the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. As the regional center for comprehensive and state-of-the-art pediatric and women's services, and one of only 43 freestanding pediatric hospitals in the nation, its entire facility is designed with the child and family in mind. Through collaboration with the University at Buffalo and expert pediatric, surgical, maternal, fetal and OB/GYN subspecialists, it serves patients in Western New York and beyond.

For more information, visit www.wchob.org.

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