Globetrotters slam-dunk positive message

St Agnes Primary School

​​Harlem Globetrotters Dragon and Ice with excited students at St Agnes School

STUDENTS at St Agnes School, Mt Gravatt, were amazed and excited when they welcomed two special visitors from the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters.

Professional basketball players DeAndre 'DRAGON' Taylor and Brittany 'ICE' Hrynko dazzled students and teachers alike with their display of ball-handling skills and slam dunks.

Most importantly, Dragon and Ice spoke to students about working together to combat bullying.

Using the acronym T.E.A.M they encouraged students to Talk, Empathise, Ask (questions) and Mobilise. 

First formed in 1926, the Harlem Globetrotters perform hundreds of live shows every year.

Their unique basketball skills and wizardry have thrilled millions of fans around the world and the team is synonymous with family entertainment and breaking down barriers and social divides.

They currently hold 21 Guinness World Record titles, having set an amazing five new records on Guinness World Records Day in 2018.

For Year 3 student Aedan Gallagher, the visit gave him an opportunity to meet his idols first hand.

“I love playing basketball and my family had already bought tickets to their game in April, he said.

“I couldn't believe it when I found out they were coming to St Agnes."

Principal Bernadette Judd said the visit provided an opportunity to reinforce in students the importance of looking after each other.

“At school we talk to students about following the “St Agnes Way" of Respect, Awareness, Active Learning, Acting Safely and Cooperation.

It was great to have such a high-profile team like the Harlem Globetrotters talk to the students about working together to follow the St Agnes way.

Assistant Principal for Religious Education Liam Beatty said it was the second professional basketball team the school had welcomed onto their new multi-purpose courts, which were officially blessed and opened in September last year.

“We had the Brisbane Bullets visit and now the Globetrotters.

“We are definitely trying to lift the profile of all sports at the school and bringing in teams like the Globetrotters certainly does that.

“Our students love all sports and we are very fortunate to have the facilities to cater for a wide variety of activities," he said.​

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