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Video: Newport Aquarium Penguins Audition for Harlem Globetrotters

Two penguins from the Newport Aquarium will join the Harlem Globetrotters for a pair of shows Friday at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati.

Speckles and Paul, two female African penguins, will take the court during the first quarter of each game (2 & 7 p.m.) and will be presented with custom-made Globetrotters jerseys.

The two penguins were selected from among eight that "tried out" for the team on December 6 with Globetrotters stars Wun "The Shot" Versher and Stretch Middleton (he's 7'4"), the third tallest player in team history.

The Globetrotters last visited the area in April and player Slick Willie Shaw dribbled across the Roebling Suspension Bridge and spoke against bullying in a presentation at John G. Carlisle School in Covington.

The penguins are a regular highlight at the Newport Aqurium and have been enjoyed by tens of thousands of people over the years. They participate each day in the Penguin Parade and visit with patrons at the Penguin House for Penguin Encounters where a portion of the sales are donated to penguin conservation programs.

Last year, the Globetrotters did something unparalleled in the history of sports and entertainment – allow fans to vote on new rules to be used in actual games. It was so much fun, they are doing it again, and there are cool new rules to choose from during their 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour. The rules can be voted upon at

Tickets for7 p.m. are still available through and the US Bank Arena box office.

Video from the penguins tryout:

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