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Harlem Native Becomes Shortest Player Ever in Harlem Globetrotters’ History

Standing at only 4-foot-5, Jahmani “Hot Shot” Swanson joins the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters as part of the team’s 2018 rookie class.  The Harlem native will take the court as the shortest Globetrotter ever when the team brings eight games to the New York City area from Dec. 26-31, as part of their new “Amazing Feats of Basketball” world tour.

The Globetrotters’ rookie guard was born with dwarfism, a genetic condition that has not kept him from following his passion. He was first introduced to basketball as a toddler and grew up idolizing NBA legends Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson. Years of hard work and dedication led Swanson to amass a large following on social media and earn his moniker as the “Michael Jordan of dwarf basketball.”

Games in the NYC area include:

Tuesday, Dec. 26 at 2pm and 7pm – Barclays Center

Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 1pm – Madison Square Garden

Thursday, Dec. 28 at 1pm and 6pm – NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Saturday, Dec. 30 at 2pm – Prudential Center

Sunday, Dec. 31 at 11am and 4pm – Westchester County Center

Swanson sent waves through the internet by captivating thousands of fans, celebrities and the Globetrotters with his amazing handles, lighting speed and agility on the court.  Swanson has played – and won, one-on-one games against celebrities like Jamie Foxx and pro athletes like Terrell Owens.

Swanson attended 6th through 10th grades at Wadleigh Secondary School on 114th Street and finished out his high school years at Louis D Brandeis High School.  He played for Monroe College, a junior college in the Bronx, and played professionally with other touring exhibition teams.  His pregame ritual includes netting a minimum of 50 jump shots.

When he is not playing basketball, Swanson enjoys speaking with kids and encouraging them to follow their dreams. He has a passion for young people and sees himself becoming a social worker after his playing career to help families and children.

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