The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Pete Hanna Center Sunday, March 6th at 4 p.m. and Monday, March 7th at 7 p.m. The team is celebrating its 90th anniversary world tour, and this one being called their most epic tour in history.
The Local had the opportunity to interview Handles Franklin, one of the players.
The Local: I hear you’ve traveled to several different countries to play games. Which has been your favorite to visit and/or play in?
Franklin: When we go to other countries, we try to speak those languages. We’ve been to Iraq where the war is, and there are military bases and troops. That was pretty cool. In China and Romania, the games were absolutely packed – sold out.
L: Who are you closest to on the team?
F: I’m close with Marquez Haines. I also had a good friend Marcus who passed away. But we’re all like brothers, like one big family. When at practice or on the road, we’ll be together on a tour bus on Christmas morning.
L: What is your biggest challenge and how do you manage this challenge?
F: No one, no matter your path, is immune to life’s challenges. We all have challenges that we need to overcome. It’s about getting up and moving forward.
L: How do you set your goals?
F: I’ll have a tape sent I’ve me playing, which I will review. I always try to be persistent and keep pushing towards being the best I can be.
L: What’s your diet like?
F: We play over 300 games a year, so we play everyday. When I’m on tour, which is most often, I eat very healthy.
L: What was the best advice you were ever given?
F: My parents were my role models growing up. They taught me the value of getting an education and to help as many people as I can. Just try to make the world better. One act of service our team performs is a hospital visit called the Great Assist. We’re celebrating our 90th anniversary and encourage our fans to give back as well. People can learn more about it at http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/greatassist.
L: Anything else you’d like to share?
F: I tell people to believe in themselves and believe in your dreams. They are attainable! There was a time when, at first, basketball didn’t work out. But I stuck with it.
Tickets start at $22 and are available at harlemglobetrotters.com, samfordsports.edu, the Pete Hanna Center box office, or by phone at 205-726-3647. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at harlemglobetrotters.com.