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DC-area School Wins Grand Prize in National Creativity Competition presented by Jersey Mike’s Subs – Wins Visit from Harlem Globetrotters on June 3

Elementary school students in Lorton, Va., organize impressive “one-take” video inspired by their basketball heroes

(PRUnderground) May 1st, 2024

Laurel Hill Elementary School in Lorton, Va., located 20 miles from Washington, D.C., has been named the national grand prize winner of the Court of Creativity contest presented by Jersey Mike’s Subs. In addition to receiving $1,000, the school will receive a special one-on-one performance, trick shots, and more from the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters. That memorable visit for the students will take place on Monday, June 3.

The judges from both the Harlem Globetrotters and Jersey Mike’s Subs lauded the students’ creative one-take video (courtesy Laurel Hill Elementary). The detailed coordination was inspired by the legendary teams’ iconic one-take videos, including this version with over 23 million views (courtesy Harlem Globetrotters). The student-produced video captured the essence of creativity and athleticism, hallmarks of their legacy. The engaging content from Laurel Hill Elementary and the Harlem Globetrotters are approved for media.

“At Laurel Hill Elementary, we are committed to making every aspect of education inclusive and accessible, and this extends to our Physical Education program,” said Julie Braden, Physical Education Teacher at Laurel Hill Elementary School. “Each year, as we introduce the basketball unit, our students draw inspiration from watching the Harlem Globetrotters’ one-take video. This tradition sparks meaningful conversations about perseverance, dedication, and sportsmanship. The video created by our students is their interpretation of that iconic one-take style—a testament to their collaboration and mutual support. I couldn’t be prouder.”

Through the “Court of Creativity” competition, students across the country submitted unique and entertaining entries ranging from basketball-themed math class to Harlem Globetrotters-inspired art and trick shot videos. The entries showcased the students’ teamwork, imagination, and skill. Each entry demonstrated the power of collaboration, creativity, and sportsmanship.

“Congratulations to Laurel Hill Elementary for an outstanding performance in the Court of Creativity challenge,” said Rich Hope, Chief Marketing Officer of Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Inc. “The creativity and energy reflected in all the entries were remarkable, but Laurel Hill Elementary surpassed expectations, demonstrating the spirit of the Harlem Globetrotters at the highest level.”

Jersey Mike’s Subs, with more than 3,000 locations open and in development, serves authentic fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs on in-store freshly baked bread — the same recipe it started with in 1956. Passion for giving in Jersey Mike’s local communities is reflected in its mission statement “Giving…making a difference in someone’s life.” For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and X.


The Harlem Globetrotters® are THE originators of basketball style; captured by their dynamic athleticism, unique skill and historical influence on the modern game of basketball. Since 1926, the Globetrotters, proud members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, have used their legendary global tour to showcase their iconic brand of basketball to tens of millions in over 124 countries and territories across six continents.

Their series, “Harlem Globetrotters: Play it Forward,” produced in partnership with Hearst Media Production Group, airs on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo as “Harlem Globetrotters: Ganando Con La Comunidad.” The hit series, which reaches a million viewers each week, garnered an Emmy nomination in its first season and put the brand back on network television for the first time in 40 years.

In addition to Hearst, other media partners include Hidden Pictures, Atmosphere TV, Reach TV, and Viral Nation.  The brand continues to grow its roster of partners with expansion across a variety of categories including, consumer products, retail, travel, QSR/Food, just to name a few.   Additional partnerships include, Sprayground, Undercrwn, Macys, Hybrid, Hoop Culture, Citi, Alaska Airlines, as well as our official ball partner, Spalding and our official tour partner, Jersey Mikes.

Coined by the U.S. State Department in 1951 as Ambassadors of Goodwill, the team leverages their moniker to drive its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts around their strategic pillars of Health & Wellness, Education, and Community Empowerment.  These efforts have yielded partnership with the likes of Microsoft, U.S. State Department Sports Diplomacy, The National Archives Foundation, ‘Great Assist’ in partnership with Jersey Mike’s Subs, Campus Multimedia Court of Creativity, and Comic Relief Red Nose Day.

For more information about the Harlem Globetrotters and the Tour, visit the Globetrotters’ official website: The Harlem Globetrotters® is a subsidiary of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned themed attractions company.

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