Harlem Globetrotters Former Owner Speaks at Judson: Judson University Christian College

Sports Agent and Former Harlem Globetrotter Team Owner Eloise Saperstein to Speak at Judson

(ELGIN, IL - October 8, 2009) Eloise Saperstein will speak to the Sport Marketing class at Judson University on Monday, October 12, from 11 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. in the Alumni Room of the Lindner Fitness Center. The former owner of the Harlem Globetrotters will talk about promotions in the sports team environment. Currently, Saperstein is a sports agent with offices located in Bolingbrook, Ill.

Saperstein’s father, Abe, created what is now known as the Harlem Globetrotter team. According to the Center for American History, “Abe founded, promoted, and coached the Harlem Globetrotters Basketball Team, previously named the Savoy Big Five, for 39 years.  In 1926, he started Saperstein's Harlem, New York, Globetrotters, who later became known as simply the Harlem Globetrotters. Having difficulty finding opponents, Saperstein created an entertaining comic basketball show in 1929. In 1940 the team won the World Basketball Championship and from 1943-1944 won the International Cup. Saperstein founded the American Basketball League, serving as its 1st commissioner from 1961-1962, and was inducted into the basketball hall of fame in 1971. He traveled around the world as the owner and coach of the Harlem Globetrotters until his death in 1966. Saperstein provided opportunities for African American players, who were excluded by professional leagues.”

Eloise Saperstein is coming to Judson through her connection to Jerry Clark, an adjunct professor teaching sport marketing through Judson’s Exercise and Sport Science program.
The class will welcome visitors interested in hearing Saperstein’s presentation.
To learn how you can prepare for a successful career in Exercise and Sports Management at Judson’s Christian community, visit JudsonU.edu. 


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