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Sightings: Harlem Globetrotters dribble at White House

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Alicia M. Cohn

Checking your cellphone at crosswalks is for wimps. Try spinning a basketball on your finger for the duration of the red light instead.

Two Harlem Globetrotters showed off their skills and attracted attention from both drivers and pedestrians as they dribbled through Northwest D.C. on Wednesday. In front of the White House, their antics drew a crowd.

"We love D.C.!" shouted "Cheese" Chisholm, waving when flagged down by a shuttle bus driver undaunted by the honking horns behind him.

The exhibition players started their two-mile dribble at 16th and P streets, where they played with a group of students from St. Augustine Catholic School working out at the playground in Stead Park. They concluded at Walker-Jones Education Campus on New Jersey Avrenue NW. In between, Chisholm and "Too Tall" Hall posed for photos, offered ball-spinning tips to anyone asking, and invited everyone on the streets to visit HarlemGlobetrotters.com to sign up kids ages 6 to 12 for Summer Skills Clinics.

Classes are scheduled in Falls Church, Va., and Annapolis, Md., from July 15 to July 20.

"We love the kids; we love teaching them to be active," said Cheese. The Globetrotters have teamed with the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition to support the President's Challenge awards program and encourage a "Summer of Physical Fitness."

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