Harlem Globetrotters at Central State: “Education is the Key”

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Too Tall Winston, bottom left and Wham Middleton, bottom right, of the world-renowned Harlem Globetrotters, made an appearance at Central State University on Monday, November 15, 2021 to talk about anti-harassment efforts and encourage students to complete their studies. MARSHALL GORBY STAFF

Too Tall Winston, bottom left and Wham Middleton, bottom right, of the world-renowned Harlem Globetrotters, made an appearance at Central State University on Monday, November 15, 2021 to talk about anti-harassment efforts and encourage students to complete their studies.  MARSHALL GORBY  STAFF
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Too Tall Winston, bottom left and Wham Middleton, bottom right, of the world-renowned Harlem Globetrotters, made an appearance at Central State University on Monday, November 15, 2021 to talk about anti-harassment efforts and encourage students to complete their studies. MARSHALL GORBY STAFF

Middleton has said he played basketball for a team in Spain before being drafted into the Globetrotters, when he injured his knee and was sent back to the United States. He waited for tables for over a year before joining the Globetrotters. He said he wished he had graduated from Savannah State because he believed he wouldn’t have had such a hard time finding a job when he returned to the United States.

He also spoke about the importance of overcoming obstacles with a strong mind and self-love.

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“A lot of us are going through obstacles that no one knows about,” he said.

Winston said going to an HBCU after attending an almost all-white high school was a game-changer for him.

“I would choose an HBCU again,” he said.

Winston said that as the business major at Tuskegee he had to dress casually for all of his classes. But it also inspired him, he said, because there were so many people coming back to school who were multimillionaires. It’s who you know you’ll be successful with in life, said Winston.

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The Globetrotters engaged the students, asking them to reflect on their heritage and take photos and selfies with the students afterward.

After the panel discussion, moderated by CSU Athletic Director Tara Owens, Parson said she hopes the women she coaches understand that if you work hard, it opens doors.

“Anything is possible,” she said.

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