Harlem Globetrotters reduce their carbon footprint by supporting tree planting projects with Plant a Tree Today Foundation.
Bangkok, 17th August 2009: The internationally acclaimed exhibition basketball team, the Harlem Globetrotters, recently visited Bangkok as part of their 2009 “Spinning the Globe” World Tour. Playing nearly 400 games annually, the team spends considerable time flying around the world, dazzling the crowds with their legendary performances. As the Ambassadors of Goodwill™, the Globetrotters are keenly aware of the environmental effects and are taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint.
On their stay in Thailand, the Globetrotters met with the local environmental charity, Plant a Tree Today (PATT) Foundation, to look at ways they can reduce their carbon footprint. The work of this foundation aims to address climate change and environmental issues through reforestation.
To kick start the Globetrotters’ mission to reduce their carbon footprint, a number of native Thai trees will be planted on the team’s behalf at one of the PATT Foundation’s reforestation sites in Thailand. The projects that the PATT Foundation undertakes not only help mitigate climate change, but also improve wildlife habitat and provide income, jobs and education for local residents.
PATT Foundation staff member Charisse Gebhart visited Impact Arena before the Harlem Globetrotters’ show. Gebhart, a lifelong Globetrotters fan, met with some of the team to present a certificate recognizing the team’s support of the tree planting.
“I’m pleased to see all levels of society wanting to do their bit to help with our global environmental problems; it is especially great when high profile teams show their support,” said Gebhart.
For more information
Dr Dan Rollinson, Thailand Country Manager
Tel: +66 2 2559 6255
About Plant A Tree Today Foundation
Plant a Tree Today (PATT) Foundation works to raise awareness of global environmental issues, campaign for better environmental practices and take action against deforestation and climate change by planting trees.
Plant a Tree Today (PATT) Foundation was founded in 2005 and is a UK Registered Charity and Thailand Foundation. PATT has operational offices in Bangkok, Thailand and Indonesia with representatives in Malaysia, India & South Africa.
PATT was recently recognized in a prestigious UN award (the Seed award) for their innovative project concept that aims to tackle environmental and social problems in the developing world.
About the Harlem Globetrotters
Sponsored by Campbell Soup Company, IHOP, Spalding, and America’s Best Contacts and Eyeglasses, the Original Harlem Globetrotters are in their 83rd consecutive season of touring the world.
The Globetrotters have played in 120 countries on six continents, entertaining over 130 million fans and crossing barriers between cultures, societies and people from all walks of life. The Globetrotters are one of only six teams to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase team merchandise, visit the team’s official Web site:
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