TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - If you begin to hear Brother Bone's whistled version of "Sweet Georgia Brown," that can only mean one thing: The Harlem Globetrotters are near.
The lovable, theatrical and athletic basketball team full of skills and tricks, are making their way to Toledo in honor of the 90 years they've spent entertaining families worldwide.
The ever-so-clever ball players will make a stop in Toledo at the end of the month during their world tour.
But before the rest of the team gets here, Ohio native and Globetrotter star, Zeus McClurkin, will visit Toledo on December 15 to discuss the world tour.
McClurkin grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where his love and passion for basketball developed. He later had a successful athletic career at North Carolina A&T State University. But like anything worth having in life, it didn't come easy.
McClurkin brings with him a testament of not giving up or letting obstacles get in the way of achieving one's dreams and he has a piece of advice for young athletes.
"Be coachable. Be the player that the coach never has to worry about and can depend on when called upon," McClurkin said. "I have played a lot of minutes over players that were more talented than me, simply because I was coachable and understood what the strategy and philosophy was for each team on which I played."
McClurkin and the rest of the Globetrotters will be in Toledo December 30 at 7 p.m. at the Huntington Center. He will also make an appearance on WTOL 11 Your Day on Friday, Dec. 15th.
WTOL 11 will be hosting a contest for a chance to see the team in action. Make sure to LIKE the WTOL 11 Facebook Page to look for it.
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