Harlem Globetrotters Play Wheelchair Basketball with Kids: Video

"It's not just about the game of basketball — it's about the game of life."

Here’s your warm fuzzy of the day, courtesy of ABC7 and the Harlem Globetrotters. The famous basketball showmen are performing in Oakland and San Jose, and made a side trip to Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland to play wheelchair basketball with kids with disabilities.  

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[jump] The Globetrotters were invited by the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley, which provides services, support, and advocacy to those who have disabilities.

“Your disability doesn’t define you, whether you are a paraplegic or an amputee or somebody that has a similar condition like that. That shouldn’t be what defines you. It’s what you do with your life that makes you who you are,” said Trooper Johnson in the video, who was paralyzed at seventeen, but has since participated in four Paralympic Games.

“We love opportunities like this and it’s not just about the game of basketball — it’s about the game of life,” Globetrotter “Buckets” Blakes told ABC. Watch Blakes and “Slick” Willie Shaw spread empathy and the love of basketball below:


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