Traveling the world & meeting people: Harlem Globetrotter Hoops Green to visit Piedmont-Triad this weekend

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Hoops Green, a Harlem Globetrotter, will perform in Winston-Salem and Greensboro on Friday and Sunday, respectively. [Photo submitted

By Bret Pierce and Gable Pierce
Times-News correspondents

   Hoops Green, the 15th female Harlem Globetrotter, will take to the court on Friday and Sunday for events in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, respectively.
Green, a native of Louisville, Ky., took some time to answer questions from Teens & 20s writers Bret and Gable Pierce about what it’s like to be a Harlem Globetrotter.
TEENS & 20S: Where did your passion for basketball come from?
GREEN: My brother. He was the reason I picked up the ball and then I fell in love with the game. Basketball has taken me a lot of places and I always take it with me. I always have a ball in my hand. It    lets me see the world and meet great people.
TEENS & 20S: Did you ever imagine being a part of the Harlem Globetrotters?
GREEN: I did not. When I was 6, my aunt took me to my first Globetrotters game but I didn’t think I was ever going to be one of the members.
TEENS & 20S: What does it feel like to be the 15th woman to be a Harlem Globetrotter?
GREEN: It’s an amazing feeling. An amazing opportunity just to be a positive role model for all the girls and women around the world to let them see they can do anything guys can do.
TEENS & 20S: You mention that your older brother introduced you to basketball. Does he still play? Has he seen you play with the Harlem Globetrotters?
GREEN: He does still play. He plays in leagues and works out. And yes, he has seen me play. The first time he saw me play was in Tennessee. And most of my friends and family saw me play at Rupp Arena in Kentucky.
TEENS & 20S: How many siblings do you have?
GREEN: I have five.
TEENS & 20S: What did you major in and what degree did you receive from the University of Texas-El Paso?
GREEN: I got my undergraduate degree in Criminal Law and then I went on to get my Masters of Business Administration degree with a concentration in sports management.
TEENS & 20S: What is your favorite aspect of being a Harlem Globetrotter?
GREEN: Being able to travel the world and do what I’m passionate about and to meet amazing people and put a smile on their face.
TEENS & 20S: When you’re not touring with the Globetrotters, what are your hobbies and interests?
GREEN: I like to be outside. I’m real outdoorsy – hiking, going to the beach with my dog, spend time with family since I don’t see them often. I’m real artsy so I like to going to the movies and to draw and paint.
TEENS & 20S: When you started playing basketball, what were your goals?
GREEN: I remember when I was little I said I was going to be the first girl in the NBA. I knew that I wanted to play professional basketball. My goals were to get a scholarship to play basketball and get my education and from there to play somewhere - WNBA, overseas, somewhere professionally.
TEENS & 20S: We understand that you visited some elementary schools locally last Friday, bringing the “ABCs of Bullying Prevention” to them. What inspires you to go out and help the community?
GREEN: I just like being able to make people feel good. Everyone is important. Even before I was a Globetrotter, I would go with my Dad every Tuesday and Thursday to the homeless shelter and pass out food and talk to the people there. Being a Globetrotters Ambassador of Goodwill is so cool to be a part of because the organization is really involved in the community.

Bret Pierce is a sophomore at Page High School in Greensboro and Gable Pierce is a seventh-grader at Northeast Guilford Middle School in McLeansville; both are Teens & 20s writers.

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