In several poor areas of the United States, clubs where boys can take part in sport and other activities are only kept open by the famous American basketball team the Harlem globetrotters.
LV INT. Stadium with Globetrotters playing match.
GV Globetrotter keeping ball from opponent then scoring.
GV Globetrotter bouncing ball on opponents back.
SV Sign 'East Fresno Boys' Club'
SV Sign 'Boys' Clubs of America
SV Sign 'Optimist Pinedale Boys' Club'
GV Boys activities including pool, table tennis and basketball. (4 shots)
SV Boy weightlifting and more activities. (4 shots)
GV Globetrotters still playing match. (2 shots)
SV Globetrotter jumps onto side bench to talk to crowd.
A transcript of the commentary and interviews follows:
"Being a Harlem Globetrotter is both fun and business. For Fresno's three Boy's clubs the "Globies' mean existence. As with many national appearances across the country the travelling basketball comedians donate a portion of the gate to a community service. In the last seven years that donation has amounted to 43,000 dollars to the Fresno Boys' club budget as a full house of 62 hundred has greeted each annual visit."
BOYS' CLUB ORGANISER: "Today it means existence because it has gotten so difficult to get that charity dollar that we now get somewhere between six and seven thousand dollars from that one night's appearance and I'll tell you frankly if it wasn't for that we have three Boys' clubs who might not be open anymore."
"Meadowlark Lemon has been a Harlem Globetrotter mainstay for seventeen years."
MEADOWLARK LEMON: "I grew up on a Boys' club back in North Carolina and whenever there's an opportunity for me to do something especially for a Boys' club I must not decline because for me this is where it began."
"Meadowlark knows what a Boys' club in a poverty belt means. He also realises that the Globetrotter institution has done more to raise the hopes and aspirations of young minorities than any other single endeavour here and abroad. Pat Oval reporting from Fresno, California."
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This film includes a commentary by Television News Reporter Pat Oval and interviews with a Boys' club organiser and Harlem Globetrotter player Meadowlark Lemon over pictures of the Globetrotters playing basketball and Boys' club members playing other sports. An off-camera introduction has also been supplied for your convenience.
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Background: In several poor areas of the United States, clubs where boys can take part in sport and other activities are only kept open by the famous American basketball team the Harlem globetrotters.
The clubs' organisers would find it difficult to raise enough money to maintain the clubs without performances to capacity crowds by the Globetrotters usually give part of the entrance money to a community service -- and in the last three years they have earned 43,000 dollars for Boys' clubs in the inland Californian town of Fresno.
Without the Globetrotters three Boys' clubs in fresno would not be able to exist.
Many of the Globetrotters' players like Meadowlark Lemon from North Carolina admit they owe their successful careers to the Globetrotters -- and they are quite willing to repay the chance the Boys' clubs have earned them.