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Armed Forces Leisure (AFE) set the alley-oop with NSA Naples’ Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) for a slam dunk occasion as The Harlem Globetrotters took to the court docket at Naples Center Excessive College (NMHS).

MWR capitalized on assists to make this occasion successful.

“MWR was supported by NSA Naples’ Crimson Cross, USO, the Hearth Division, Safety and group volunteers,” stated Chris Kasparek, NSA Naples MWR Neighborhood Recreation Director.

The group, who has carried out at NSA Naples in earlier years, made its first look because the pandemic.

“I feel this occasion particularly signifies that now we have considerably made the prove of COVID right here at NSA Naples,” stated Kasparek. “It’s a step ahead for our complete group.”

Globetrotters’ Guard, Darnell Speedy expressed how excited he was to be again on a army tour.

“I got here to Naples in November 2019 […] It truly was the final army tour earlier than the pandemic,” stated Speedy. “Now I’m on the primary army tour since COVID, and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime alternative. I get one other alternative to share these moments with these individuals.”

The night time of slam-dunks, quick breaks and laughter was one of the crucial in style occasions of the season. Tickets for the occasion bought out inside days. The anticipation of the occasion was evident as followers packed the NMHS health club.

“We had the best expertise final night time with the Harlem Globetrotters,” stated group member Dana Elmini.” “They’re true entertainers and made everybody really feel particular and depart with a narrative! Thanks AFE and NSA Naples’ MWR for making this occur!”

The Globetrotters visited NSA Naples as a part of a army tour with AFE that started March 14 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella.

“This tour is made up of 11 reveals, throughout 10 bases in three nations,” stated AFE Regional Supervisor Michele Krieg.

“That is the nineteenth yr of the Harlem Globetrotters’ army tour with AFE,” Krieg added.

Kasparek says these occasions are particular to the army group.

“It is necessary for the households right here to know they’re being reached by these stateside and by people who recognize what they do for our nation,” stated Kasparek.

With reveals reminiscent of this, AFE makes it their mission to offer “the very best performances for U.S. troops and members of the family stationed abroad” and serve “as the most important morale booster for U.S. Troops.”

The practically two-decade previous partnership between AFE and the group is simply a small a part of the Globetrotters’ historical past in leisure.

The Globetrotters started as a group of reunited highschool gamers in Chicago, Illinois in 1926.

Since 1926, they’ve entertained extra that 148 million followers in 123 nations and territories world wide.

NSA Naples is an operational ashore base that allows U.S., allied, and associate nation forces to be the place they’re wanted, when they’re wanted to make sure safety and stability within the European, African, and Central Command areas of duty.

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