Spend New Year’s Eve With the Globetrotters

The tradition of the team playing in Milwaukee on NYE continues.

Jason Barrera, aka Buckets, always dreamed of using basketball to inspire children. Being 6-foot-1 rendered his original goal of playing in the NBA unlikely, but now Barrera plays for the Harlem Globetrotters, known for their acrobatic slam dunks, full-court shots and streetball-infused gameplay.

The team will play two games at Fiserv Forum this New Year’s Eve, continuing a holiday tradition for Milwaukeeans.  



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“What better way to bring in a new year than with a family show that gets everybody engaged [and] everybody smiling?” Barrera says.

He describes his path to becoming a Globetrotter as an underdog story. The Globetrotters didn’t care that Barrera was from a small town with a D3 high school and wasn’t recruited collegiately – the team is one of the most inclusive in sports. “We have players from every walk of life,” Globetrotters spokesperson Mirian Arias says. “It gives [kids] a sense of, ‘I can do this too.’” 

For tickets and more information go to fiservforum.com. 


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Alli Watters is the digital and culture editor at Milwaukee Magazine. That means that in addition to running this website, she covers art, entertainment, style, home and more for the magazine. It also means she doesn't sleep much.