Since forming in the 1920s, the Harlem Globetrotters have continued to entertain millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a trademark blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship. For the team's 2014 tour, a rotating roster of Globetrotter favorites—including three female players—takes to the hardwood each game. Spectators might spot veteran guard TNT sharing a behind-the-back pass with dunker Quake, whose high jump once cleared 7 feet, cruelly dashing his dreams of working in a ceiling-fan store. The Globetrotters might also present a study in contrasts with 5-foot-2 Too Tall and 7-foot-4 Stretch, the team’s tallest member.
During each Globetrotters game, youngsters laugh along and witness the jovial jocks performing classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti. To infuse their visits with an extra shot of unpredictability, the Globetrotters also let fans in each city vote on special rules for every game; past rules have included the use of a four-point shot and the installation of a penalty box. Over the years, similar antics have followed the Globetrotters around the world, including to 122 countries and territories and all six continents on which basketballs grow naturally. The Globetrotters’ extensive travels haven’t gone unnoticed: they’re one of the few teams to earn a spot in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as ambassadors of the sport.
Smart Minute's wholesome, pre-portioned meals arrive on doorsteps frozen and ready to heat and serve in about three minutes. Informed by the opinions of nutritionists and personal trainers, Smart Minute's cooks keep their dishes free of high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, MSG, and artificial filler. Meals will keep in the freezer for up to one year, to be enjoyed during Thanksgiving dinner or dropped into trick-or-treaters' pillowcases on Halloween.
At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
Designed to meet the five pillars of optimum fitness—cardio, resistance training, food intake, vitamins, and professional assistance—Total Fitness helps elite athletes and couch potatoes alike achieve their health and weight-loss goals. Personalized-training sessions are the mainstay of the program, with certified trainers designing fitness plans that cater to each individual’s goals and abilities. Athletes wanting to improve their performance in a specific sport—or even a specific position—can enroll in Sports Strength Camp or boot camps.
At My Dojo Kickboxing, the staff knows that it takes more than just classes to help clients get in shape. While kickboxing—a high-energy mix of cardio and resistance training—certainly kicks things into gear, proper nutrition fuels and facilitates further bodily change. That's why the staff helps clients by doling out nutritional tips in class and fields personal questions during one-on-one sessions.