World-famous Harlem Globetrotters head to Triad this weekend

 By Michaela King
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

Handles Franklin and the Harlem Globetrotters will visit the Greensboro Coliseum on March 25. / Photo submitted

GREENSBORO — Handles Franklin, who plays guard for the Harlem Globetrotters, is well-known for his amazing skills at handling a basketball.

Whether it’s dribbling a ball while lying on the floor and spinning around or shooting the ball from half court, facing backward on his knees, Franklin is sure to amaze basketball fans of all ages when the world-famous team makes a stop at the Greensboro Coliseum at 2 p.m. Sunday. (The act will visit Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem at 8 p.m. Friday, too.)

 During its visit to Greensboro, Franklin said the team will travel around to different schools, teaching and encouraging children to stay in school and strive for their dreams.

 “As a team, we strive to be a positive influence to children,” Franklin said in a phone interview on Tuesday afternoon. “I believe that our greatest strength is the ability to emotionally connect with everyone in the crowd.”

Franklin got his inspiration to become a Globetrotter at the age of 6, after watching them play on the Scooby-Doo cartoons. Although others often told him he could not become a Globetrotter; he never gave up on his dream.

“Education is the most important key to success. You always need something to fall back on,” Franklin said. He has earned a bachelor’s degree, along with a master’s degree in social work.

He explained that winning is not everything.

“Nobody is perfect. We play to entertain people and influence lives,” he said.

One of the biggest misconceptions about the Harlem Globetrotters, Franklin said, is that they are an all-African-American team. This is not true. He explained that there are actually two Caucasian people and a Hispanic male, along with a female player.

Since joining the Globetrotters, Franklin explained that it has given him an appreciation for life and a desire to be the best person he can. The Globetrotters are more than a basketball team; they are a group of diverse individuals who are committed to making a difference in people’s lives.

Tickets range from $15 to $95 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, (800) 745-3000 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. For more information on the Harlem Globetrotters, visit harlemglobetrotters.com.

  Michaela King is a freshman home-schooler and a Teens & Twenties writer.

 

 

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