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Misericordia student will play with Harlem Globetrotters at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on March 5

Misericordia student will play with Harlem Globetrotters at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on March 5
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From a press release:

Misericordia University student Michael Gombita, who won the Harlem Globetrotters’ “Draft Me” contest, will meet up with Globetrotters star Wun “The Shot” Versher, but that’s only the beginning of his reward.

Gombita, a native of Equinunk, Pennsylvania, will also participate in the Globetrotters’ game at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, March 5 as a result of winning the Globetrotters’ social media campaign last summer.

He stood out above 300 online video submissions from across the U.S. to win the contest, impressing fans across Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter with his flashy ball spinning and incredible backwards shot from center court. The college sophomore defeated his competition after three rounds and earning the most online votes by fans.

Entering in the #globiesdraftcontest for a chance to suit up with the Harlem Globetrotters and play in a game on the team's 2016 North American Tour! I think with my half court shot and ball-spinning skills I have a chance! #globies #basketball #contest @harlemglobetrotters

A video posted by Mike Gombita (@mikegombita) on

The Globetrotters are celebrating 90 years of smiles, sportsmanship, and service to millions of people worldwide with their new tour, which will play two games at Mohegan Sun Arena on March 5 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Gombita is slated to play in the game at 2 p.m.

Tickets start at $15 and are now available at,, the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office (255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township), or by phone at 800-745-3000. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at

On the court, the Globetrotters’ 90-year celebration will feature some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet. With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard, and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Maddox and Sweet J Ekworomadu – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy, and unequaled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans.

Known worldwide as the Ambassadors of Goodwill, the Globetrotters also announced that they are giving back even more during their 90th year with The Great Assist program. Stars of the team will leave a mark in communities across North America with acts of goodwill during the tour that is set to play over 330 games in 260 cities.

Fans are encouraged to visit to nominate a worthwhile cause or a deserving family in need of a smile, and the Globetrotters will help as many fans as possible throughout the tour. In addition to fan requests, the team is planning to bring their bullying prevention program to over 400 schools and community centers, talk to youth about character education and physical fitness, visit children’s hospitals, and lend a hand to those in need.

Versher will be speaking to kids about “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention” at Wyoming Area Catholic School in Exeter on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 1:15 p.m. The program designed by the Globetrotters in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence to help reduce bullying and violence among youth in our schools and communities.

The interactive program focuses on Action, Bravery, and Compassion, comprising the ABCs. The Globetrotters’ signature ball handling skills will be incorporated to provide a fun and informative presentation.

The Harlem Globetrotters are a worldwide icon, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans – among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents – over nine thrilling decades.

Sponsored by World Vision, Greyhound Lines, and Baden Sports, Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S.