After 90 years, the team continues to motivate young people to be active and get involved in athletics. Player Zeus McClurkin says that while they influence fans of all races the Globetrotters have played an important role in the African-American community.
"That there seems to be the crowd that does get inspired because they can see somebody and recognize somebody on the team who looks like them. But we're not just an African-American team."
The first African-American player signed to the NBA was a Globetrotter.
— Jorge Avellan is the Ann Arbor beat reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him firstname.lastname@example.org