Harlem Globetrotters spread smiles by visiting children at Riverbend, YMCA

The Harlem Globetrotters visited children at Riverbend in Springfield and the YMCA in Eugene. Their goal was to spread smiles.

Posted: Nov 1, 2017 5:24 PM
Updated: Nov 1, 2017 5:25 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The Harlem Globetrotters are back in Lane County, bringing smiles on children's faces.

Dizzy English stopped by Riverbend Hospital in Springfield on Wednesday. He handed out toys and showed off his signature ball handling skills to children who aren't able to attend a game.

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He stopped by as part of their 92nd year with the great assist initiative pledging to spread 100 million smiles around the world.

"We go and visit the hospital and we have something called the smile patrol, where a kid may not be feeling well in the hospital or the family may not be feeling well, and we go there and try to put smiles on their faces, try to uplift their day because they could be going through things that the regular person don't know about. So that's out job to just put smiles on those kids faces that will last them a lifetime," said Dizzy English, Harlem Globetrotter.

He also visited the Eugene YMCA to sign autographs, take photos and spend time with the children.

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