Hammer Harrison

Harlem Globetrotter Hammer Harrison celebrates Tuesday after dunking a basketball at Skydive Arizona, guided by Aaron Schmidt.

ELOY — The world famous Harlem Globetrotters took their trick shot-making expertise to the skies over Eloy this week.

In celebration of this year’s World Trick Shot Day, Globetrotter Hammer Harrison successfully completed the highest slam dunk ever attempted, skydiving from 13,000 feet at Skydive Arizona in Eloy before successfully slamming home a dunk just before landing.

World Trick Shot Day was created by the Globetrotters in order to give fans around the world a chance to celebrate what they can do with a basketball, a hoop and some creativity. Three years ago, the Registrar a National Day Calendar officially declared “World Trick Shot Day” to be celebrated on the first Tuesday of every December.

This is the second straight year Hammer has successfully completed a shot for World Trick Shot Day. Last year, he dunked off the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, a shot of over 850 feet. That shot can be seen here: https://youtu.be/CdsfMfRKVNk.

“We work on trick shots every day, though the skydive trick shot is not one of them,” said Harrison, who enters his 11th season with the Globetrotters in 2020. “We practice them because it’s such a thrill for us, and for our fans. Our fans give us such great feedback when we post them. We love getting the chance to see what they can do, too.”

The Globetrotters have made trick shots a staple of their repertoire for much of their 94-year history, beginning with greats such as Goose Tatum, Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal, and continuing through with today’s Globetrotter stars, who own 22 current Guinness World Records and just weeks ago set six new marks.

The Globetrotters are currently preparing for their 94th year of touring with the 2020 “Pushing the Limits” World Tour, during which the team will play in more than 250 North American markets as well as more than 30 countries worldwide.