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Harlem Globetrotters visit children at Roger Williams Park Zoo

It was all smiles Monday morning, as El Gato and Flight Time from the Harlem Globetrotters visited children at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence. (WJAR)

It was all smiles Monday morning, as El Gato and Flight Time from the Harlem Globetrotters visited children at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence.

The guys showed off their skills with the harbor seals.

“This is cool. This is one of the fun things we do outside of the basketball court. We do appearances and talk to kids. We do a couple tricks, feel like how the Globetrotters feel learning the tricks at first. Coming here and hanging out with these two guys right here,” El Gato said, referencing the seals. We got a chance to feed them and get a kiss -- I got a kiss. I am never going to wash this face ever again. It was just awesome.”

"It was a lot of fun. I love hanging out with the kids. My degree is in health and physical education,” said Flight Time. “But fortunately, I get to travel around the world in interact with kids not just in one particular area. This is what the Globetrotters are all about. It's more than just a game of basketball. It's about exploring new opportunities and doing things the other basketball teams wouldn't even think of doing.”

The entire team will be in town preparing for two shows at the Dunkin’ Donut Center on Saturday. The first show starts at 2 p.m., while the other begins at 7 p.m.

"Globetrotters have been around now for 90 years,” said Flight Time. “I think one of the great things about it is that we are able to bridge the gap. Myself, I remember seeing the Globetrotters when I was little and a lot of people have a similar story to me. So, they want to bring their kids and share some of the same memories that they had when they were little. So, that’s something that keeps the Globetrotters hanging around and hopefully will be around for another 90 to 100 years.”


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