Harlem Globetrotters visit KU Hospital

Bull Bullard and Hoops Green posed with 16-year-old Sarah outside the pediatrics ward activities room. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Harlem Globetrotters brought some Valentine’s Day love to young patients at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas, on Wednesday.

Will “Bull” Bullard and Briana “Hoops” Green of the famed basketball troupe visited several patients in the pediatrics ward and the pediatrics intensive care unit, frequently donning masks and gowns even as they delivered autographs, smiles, and their signature spinning basketball trick.

Green is in her second season with the Globetrotters. She is the 15th woman in the group’s 91-year history, following in the footsteps of KU’s Lynette Woodard, the first female Globetrotter.

Bullard is in his 10th season with the team and is also a three-time participant in TV’s “American Ninja Warrior.”

The Harlem Globetrotters will play three games in the Kansas City area on Feb. 24 and 25 — two daytime games at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, Missouri, and an evening game at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

Bullard and Green put on masks and gowns to visit the room of a young patient. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Aurora’s sister Crista was happy to get a shot of Bullard on her phone. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Aurora pointed to her sister when asked by Bullard to be his valentine. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

KU Hospital CEO Bob Page passed Bullard’s quiz on the first female Globetrotter. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Bull Bullard is known for his spectacular dunks and long-range shots for the Globetrotters. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Three-year-old Aurora looked way up to see the 6-foot-4 Bullard. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

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