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F.P. Walshe Flyers to host Harlem Crowns

The Harlem Crowns will be in Fort Macleod on Thursday, Jan. 20 to play the F.P. Walshe Flyers

The world famous Harlem Crowns are coming to Fort Macleod on Wednesday, Jan. 20 to play the F.P. Walshe Flyers boys’ basketball team.
The game, which is a fund-raiser for the Flyers basketball program, tips off at 7 p.m.
The Harlem Crowns began their existence in the mid-1950s when former Harlem Globetrotter Chico Burrell formed a team of highly talented basketball players.
Burrell was born in Harlem, New York. He attended New York University and upon graduation joined the Harlem Globetrotters.
Burrell played with the Globetrotters for 12 years with such Harlem Globetrotter greats as Goose Tatum, Sweetwater Clifton and Maquis Haynes.
After years of success with the Harlem Crowns, Chico Burrell retired and sold the team to a group of northern California businessmen. One of the incumbent members on the Harlem Crowns, Herbert Scaife, is managing the team.
Members of the Harlem Crowns are chosen for showmanship as well as their ability to play above average basketball.
At the beginning of each season, approximately two weeks in October, a training camp is held in northern California. Candidates are brought in from all over the United States.
The requirements for being considered a member of the Harlem Crowns are:

  1. To have college basketball experience.
  2. To have good character and the ability to get along with others.
  3. To have basketball ability, the potential to be a showman and knack to comic improvisations.

The Harlem Crowns play a regulation four quarter game against any opposing team furnished by the sponsors. There is never a dull moment during the game because of the zany acts and laugh-a-minute routines.