By Jacque’line Wright, Newport Aquarium PR Aide
CINCINNATI – Paula and Speckles, the African Penguins from Newport Aquarium, joined the Harlem Globetrotters as guest teammates at US Bank Arena Tuesday afternoon.
The Globetrotters presented Paula and Speckles with personalized jerseys and a miniature basketball.
After posing for pictures with the Globetrotters, the penguins got to visit with Lauren Hill, the renowned 19-year-old college basketball player with terminal brain cancer, who who sat courtside at the afternoon game.
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CINCINNATI – Speckles and Paula – two female African penguins from Newport Aquarium – will serve as guest Harlem Globetrotters on Friday (Dec.27) during the legendary basketball franchise’s two games at US Bank Arena (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.).
During the first quarter of each game on Friday, Speckles and Paula will visit with their new Globetrotters teammates down on the court and will be presented with custom-made Globetrotters jerseys. The two penguins were selected among Newport Aquarium’s eight African black-footed penguins that went through a Dec. 6 basketball try out with Globetrotters stars Wun “The Shot” Versher and 7-foot-4 Stretch Middleton, the third tallest player in Globetrotters history.
Harlem Globetrotters Wun “The Shot” Versher (left) and Stretch Middleton (right) with Newport Aquarium Animal Ambassador Ric Urban and Speckles from The Penguin House on Dec. 6, 2013.
Newport Aquarium’s African penguins have delighted tens of thousands of people over the years; from entertaining guests at the daily Penguin Parade, to hosting folks inside their backstage home The Penguin House for Penguin Encounters, where a portion of the sales are donated to penguin conservation programs.
Last year, the Globetrotters did something unparalleled in the history of sports and entertainment – allow fans to vote on new rules to be used in actual games. It was so much fun, they are doing it again, and there are cool new rules to choose from during their 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour. The rules can be voted upon at www.harlemglobetrotters.com/rule.
Tickets for each game are available through www.ticketmaster.com and the US Bank Arena box office.
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