World-Famous, Philly Proud: Harlem Globetrotter Spreads Joy Ahead of Upcoming Games

The Globetrotters are scheduled to play at the Liacouras Center on Friday and the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.

Basketball's most energetic team (excluding the Sixers, of course) is making the most of their visit to Philadelphia.

The Harlem Globetrotters will play in Allentown Thursday night, at Temple University's Liacouras Center Friday and the Wells Fargo Center Sunday, as well as making stops in Trenton and Atlantic City.

Before that, Darnell "Speedy" Artis, a Philadelphia native, returned to the Lonnie Young Recreation Center in Germantown to shoot some hoops in his old neighborhood. 

"This is where I became a basketball player," Artis told NBC10. "To be here as a Harlem Globetrotter is just a dream come true."

Artis and Julian "Zeus" McClurkin also paid a joint visit to Radnor Elementary school, where they surprised 7-year-old Dylan Sari. Dylan is battling leukemia and is in chemotherapy.

The players said they were inspired to visit the school after Dylan's mother sent them a letter calling the first grader "a huge fan of the Globetrotters." He and his classmates were treated to a close look at some of the ballers' famous tricks.

McClurkin also visited the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Wednesday. During his visit, McClurkin met with pediatrics and adult patients, their families, and the facility's staff members. 

Some members of the team even found time to hop off the court and into the tank at Camden's Adventure Aquarium. Artis and McClurkin were joined by fellow teammate Briana "Hoops" Green as they braved the water for a swim with sharks and sting rays.

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