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The Harlem Globetrotters play a doubleheader US Airways Center on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Tickets for the game are on sale now and are priced at $25.75, $29.75, $34.75, $40.75, $59.75, $82.75 (VIP), and $137.75 (Courtside) including fees. Magic Pass access to the interactive pre-game show may be added for $20. Tickets are available at the US Airways Center Ticket Office.
Rookie Mighty Mitchell shared a tie to the Harlem Globetrotters team even before she set foot on the
floor with the basketball icons. Mighty attended Dillard University in New Orleans, which was also the
alma mater of "Supertrotter" Billy Ray Hobley ( HAH-blee), who was posthumously honored by the
Globetrotters with the team's "Legends" award in Feb. 2011 in New Orleans.
She is proud to carry on that tradition and that of Globetrotter female players, joining fellow rookie TTime
Brawner as the 10th and 11th females to ever play for the Globetrotters, and star TNT Maddox as
one of three females currently on the team.
Mighty was a three-time all-conference three all selection at Dillard and led the team in points, field goals, and
three-pointers as a senior. This was following an outstanding high school career, where she garnered
all-district honors four times at St. James High School in St. James, La., the same school attended by
New York Giants star defensive back Corey Webster, whom Mighty is close friends with and cites as
the sports figure that has had the biggest impact on her.
Walk into Mighty's kitchen, and you might get the aroma of shrimp stew, chicken Alfredo pasta, gumbo,
BBQ ribs, or some other tasty dish. Mighty is a great cook and would even love to be on a show like
"Top Chef" or "The Great Food Truck Race." Now, she is cooking up smiles with the world's most
famous basketball team.
By joining the Globetrotters, Mighty wants the message to young girls to be that, "Women are strong,
dedicated, and ambitious. Never let anyone tell you that a task is impossible. It's important to set high
standards for yourself, and hard work will help you achieve them."
A lover of dogs, Mighty owns a Teacup Poodle. She is also a fan of the Miami Heat and actor Denzel
Washington. Her favorite subject in school was science, and she graduated college with a degree in
When asked whether she would skydive or bungee jump, Mighty replies, "Neither, I'm terrified of
heights!" But Mighty is excited about the heights she can reach with the Harlem Globetrotters.
Ant Atkinson's boundless energy, deft shooting touch, ball handling mastery, and quick wit has made
him a fan favorite. "The camaraderie with the guys is unbelievable," Ant says. "We have great
A First Team All-American at Barton College, Ant will long be remembered for leading one of the
greatest comebacks in the history of college basketball, scoring 10 points in the last 39 seconds
(including a layup at the buzzer) of the Bulldogs' heart-stopping 77-75 win over top-ranked Winona
State in the 2007 NCAA Division II National Championship game.
The rally became a YouTube sensation and gained even more notoriety as a runner-up in the Best
Finish category at the 2007 ESPY Awards. The performance also is ranked second on the list of Best
Storybook Endings (including all divisions, genders and sports) in the last three decades by NCAA
Champion Magazine. Ant provides another brand of excitement each time he launches a 4-point shot,
the Globetrotter innovation that is 35 feet away from the basket.
Ant has the distinction of being the top pick in the Harlem Globetrotters' first-ever player draft. Since
then, he has traveled the world (he had never been outside the U.S. before becoming a Globetrotter);
played atop the old Spectrum in Philadelphia and in a dark gym while wearing a glow-in-the-dark
uniform; and he's put President Barack Obama through his paces on the basketball court during the
annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Ant's talents have also been on display for TV audiences on
"The Celebrity Apprentice," "The Bachelorette," "Sesame Street," "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss
Edition," "TODAY," "Good Morning America," and "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?"
Born in Wilson, N.C., Ant is a fan of the North Carolina Tar Heels and Carolina Panthers, and his
hobbies include playing the drums and video games. Ray Allen is his favorite basketball player
because, as Ant says, "He's smooth, and his jump shot is so pure."
When Ant finished college, he knew he would continue his basketball career, "but the fact that it's with
the Harlem Globetrotters makes it that much better," he explains. "This is the most fun a person can
have playing basketball, and bringing smiles and entertainment to kids and families is unbelievable."
Hi-Lite Bruton (BROO-tun) is a crowd favorite because of his high-flying slam dunks, but you
would be surprised to know that
he didn't dunk for the first time until he was a senior in high
Just as amazing, Hi-Lite did not play organized basketball before enrolling at Benedict College
in Columbia, S.C., where he impressed the men's head basketball coach during a pickup
game and was offered a spot on the team. Hi-Lite's basketball career skyrocketed, as he went
on to earn NAIA First Team All-America honors and win the 1994 College Slam Dunk Contest
as a college senior.
He was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1994, but various injuries derailed his NBA
career. Undeterred, Hi-Lite continued to play professionally, during which time one of his
coaches, Milton Barnes (who was a former Globetrotters coach) recommended he give the
Globetrotters a shot, and he signed a contract with the team in 2001. He feels blessed to be
able to share his athletic gift and spread joy around the world.
His Globetrotter travels have taken Hi-Lite to dozens of countries, and he has played in some
very unique settings, from games on aircrafts carriers when the team has visited U.S. military
personnel, to being part of the first professional basketball game ever played on ice in New
York City's Central Park in 2010. He has also been a guest on the popular "Wendy Williams
Show" and got to share the stage at the famous Grand Ole Opry with legendary country music
stars like Charlie Daniels.
Hi-Lite cites his grandmother as his hero, because she raised him and 12 other kids. His
grandmother would take the kids fishing every summer in South Carolina, and fishing is a
hobby that Hi-Lite enjoys to this day.
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