While growing up, I LOVED the Harlem Globetrotters! I can remember sitting on the floor just in front of the television with my brother. We were both glued to every move these guys made. We didn’t want to miss one spin or trick.
With every spin of a ball on the tip of a finger that was sent bouncing through legs and up around over a shoulder to be spun once again on the tip of a finger, we were in awe.
No matter how hard we practiced or how determined we were, we could not get that ball to spin for very long if at all on the tip of our fingers. Did we have fun trying? You bet.
I think the Harlem Globetrotters are a great role model for kids. These guys have a huge talent and have the best time sharing it with others. They are practically unbeatable. If you have ever seen another team try and take a basketball from a Harlem Globetrotter you already know that they are certainly untouchable. They made basketball more than a sport. It became a lesson.
They taught me a lesson about sportmanship and the love of a game. They taught me that you can make anything and everything better if you work hard and if you love it. I decide from then on that I didn’t want to sit in the stands watching the game.
Life is what you make it. It can be a tough competitive sport, dule and boring or a fun game. It is up to you to pick up the ball and decide how you want to play it.
You make the best of it.
If you carry a love of life in your heart, life becomes a whole other sport.
I have memories of joy and laughter filling warm summer days and nights either watching these gifted athletes clowning around or trying to imitate the Harlem Globetrotters with my brother and cousins.
My favorite episodes of Scooby Doo were the ones with the Harlem Globetrotters in them. Imagine a kid who loves Scooby Doo and the Harlem Globetrotters on the day that the two are put in one cartoon. Ohhhh, yes, we are talking about kiddy heaven.
These are some of my greatest childhood memories. Even as an adult, I would love to see them play!
To watch a video of the Harlem Globetrotters in action click here and to read more about the Harlem Globetrotters visit them in the Hall of Fame.