Basketball superstars join FAO in healthy diets push for a Better Life

Team members of the Original Harlem Globetrotters, the world-renowned American basketball exhibition team, and a group of Rome-based schoolchildren, visited FAO headquarters as part of a campaign for healthy diets and reducing food waste.

In quickfire exchanges and displays of eye-popping court tricks, the players - Darnel “Speedy” Artis and Alex “Moose” Weekes – showed off their fun-filled athleticism, while sharing their approaches to healthy eating. They also spoke of minimizing food waste to a mixed aged group from several Rome-based schools. 

Taking time out of their busy touring schedule, the Globetrotters – participating entirely  pro bono - described a well-balanced diet as crucial to on-court performance. Wasting food means wasting labour and squandering finite resources, they stressed. The students then told of their own efforts to cut food waste in their school and homes. More broadly, the team-up inspired the children to think through their food choices and their lasting impact on themselves, environment, and society.

FAO distributed digital information from its Do Good: Save Food! education package, as the Globetrotters highlighted food waste’s link to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. 

From FAO HQ, the Harlem Globetrotters and the young students moved onto the Palazzo dello Sport (where the Globetrotters played to a sell-out audience of 10,000 that night) for a private ‘basketball clinic’ of exuberant drills and dribbles, and rumbustious passes and throws. Slam dunk after slam dunk, the athletes again demonstrated how good nutrition fuels the body to power through games and, indeed, through life.

This was the second time the Original Harlem Globetrotters had partnered with FAO: during a tour of the Dominican Republic last year, the team visited a FAO-supported school garden and healthy school diet project and prepared a healthy meal with pupils from self-grown produce. The encounter was filmed and featured on the Globetrotters top-rated Play It Forward  programme on the US TV network NBC.



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As part of the NBC show "Harlem Globetrotters: Play It Forward", Hot Rod De La Rosa and Thunder Law visited a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) school garden project in the Dominican Republic and cooked healthy recipes with the students.


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