The Harlem Globetrotters Are Offering Free Tickets To Federal Workers Affected By The Government Shutdown

At least someone cares about the federal workers.

Photo Credit: Facebook/Harlem Globetrotters

| January 17 2019,

10:43 pm

Having fun is hard when you don’t know when you will get your next paycheck. Thousands of government workers are dealing with this sad reality, but the Harlem Globetrotters want to make their lives a little better.

All 800,000 federal employees affected by the shutdown are eligible to receive two free tickets to a Globetrotters show if they show a valid government identification card, The Hill reports.

“As the Ambassadors of Goodwill, we want to show our support to all those government workers whose paychecks, and by extension their families, are directly impacted,” team president Howard Smith said in a press release.

Workers across the U.S. may have a chance to take the team up on their offer, as the Globetrotters' current tour includes 250 American cities and 30 international shows.

The Globetrotters aren’t the only team looking out for the workers.

The Howard University Bisons are offering free tickets to their basketball games, reports HBCU Sports.

The Bisons have similar requirements to the Globetrotters: a federal ID gets the attendee two tickets. The promotion is for all regular season home women’s and men’s games until the shutdown is over. The tickets can be redeemed the day of the game at the box office.

The government shutdown is in its 26th day, making it the longest in history. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has disinvited President Donald Trump from the State of the Union due to supposed security concerns caused by the shutdown, according to The New York Times.

The Times also notes South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R) attempted to strike a deal to pause the shutdown for three weeks on Monday, but Trump rejected the offer.

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