Ant Atkinson’s boundless energy, deft shooting touch, ball handling mastery, and quick wit has made him a fan favorite. “The camaraderie we have as a team is unbelievable,” Ant says. “We have great chemistry.”
Globetrotters Showman Big Easy Lofton gets his nickname from growing up in New Orleans and his easy-going nature, which is a trait that helped him thoroughly enjoy his three runs on “The Amazing Race,” with teammate Flight Time Lang. The duo finished as high as second place on the show.
Handles Franklin had many positive role models growing up – first and foremost being his parents. His father was a police officer, and his mother worked at a hospital. “They both served the community and passed that mentality on to me,” says Handles. He also credits his high school coach, Bill Gaffey, for setting him on the right path.
Hi-Lite did not play organized basketball before enrolling at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., where he impressed the men’s head basketball coach during pickup games and was offered a spot on the team.
Ace Jackson was never afraid to do the unthinkable. When she was just six, Ace asked her father if she could learn how to play basketball, because her father would teach her brother basketball all of the time. “At first he told me, ‘No,’ because I was too short and a girl,” Ace says.
Bull is the Globetrotter that his teammates say spends the most time in front of the mirror. Maybe all that mirror time is so he can admire his collection of tube socks and shoes. For real, the man collects tube socks. You can get away with that kind of thing when you've nailed a perfect score at the College Slam Dunk Championship, like Bull has.
Detroit native Dizzy English played parts of three seasons in the NBA Development League after a solid college career at Cleveland State University. The 5-9 dribbling dynamo played the two years prior to his time at Cleveland State at Mott Community College (Mich.), where he helped lead the team to a 61-10 record over that span.
The extremely versatile Flip White, hailing from Summit, Ill., was both a standout basketball player and high-jumper in high school, sporting a 47-inch vertical leap. Flip averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds a game during his career at Moraine Valley Community College (Ill.).
There was a basketball court right across the street from the house where Slickgrew up, so he saw it as a sign, and he started playing the game at the age of six.
At 5-2, Too Tall Hall has the distinction of being the shortest player in team history. It’s no surprise that the sports figure that has influenced him the most is Earl Boykins, the 5-5 dynamo that fought the odds and made his way through the minor leagues to become a basketball star.
Harlem Globetrotter Thunder Law is living a dream as a member of the world’s most famous team. “Growing up, I always wanted to see the Globetrotters in person but never got the chance,” says Thunder. “Now, I’m a part of the organization … words can’t explain how great it feels.”
Buckets grew up in Phoenix with nine brothers and sisters. If you're watching his family's home videos and wondering which one he is, look for the five-year-old who cut a hole in his dad's hat so he could shoot tennis balls through it. It must've helped, because years of practice made him one of the most accurate shooters around (hence the name “Buckets”).
Flight Time played football growing up, and he wasn't bad. One game in seventh grade he blazed through a 65-yard touchdown run, then threw down the ball to celebrate. Problem was he wasn't actually in the end zone yet. That was Flight Time's first clue that maybe he should stick to basketball instead.
Harlem Globetrotter Cheese Chisholm says that basketball superstar Kevin Durant is the sports figure that has influenced him the most, but maybe not for the reasons people might think. “He’s living proof that skinny people can hoop with anyone,” says Cheese, with his signature smile.
Dragon Taylor spent time with the NBA Development League’s Springfield Armor in 2012 after leading Northern Michigan University in scoring and rebounding that year. The 6-4 Chicago native and dunking sensation sports a 45-inch vertical leap.
El Gato Melendez is the first and only Puerto Rican-born player to ever play for the Harlem Globetrotters.
Firefly's mom tossed him a bounce pass when he was three years old, and the next thing she knew, he was a Globetrotter. Okay, there were a few things in between. Actually way more than a few things, because Firefly's living proof of what you can get if you never give up. In high school, he scored 61 points in a single game.
If you are looking for an inspiring story of overcoming adversity and a late start to achieve a lofty goal, look no further than Globetrotters dunking sensation Hammer Harrison.
Dunking sensation Hawk Thomas began his college career at North Carolina State University before transferring to Marshall University in 2010. A stellar student athlete, the 6'5" native of Morehead City, N.C., was named to the All-ACC Academic Team in 2009 and the Conference USA All-Academic Team in 2011.
Moose Weekes is living a dream as a Harlem Globetrotter. “I can’t think of another job where you can have such a great time doing what you love to do, while putting smiles on people’s faces every day,” says Moose.
Rocket Pennington got his start in basketball when his stepfather introduced him to the sport at the age of five. His father, mother, stepfather and stepmother have all been major role models in his life. “They taught me how to be a man of understanding and respect,” says Rocket.
Globetrotters dribbling sensation Scooter Christensen was introduced to basketball at the age of five. He played soccer too, but when he started growing faster than most of the other kids, he started concentrating solely on basketball in eighth grade.
TNT joined a very elite group in the fall of 2011, becoming the first woman to don the red, white, and blue since 1993 - and her success opened the door for current female star Ace Jackson.
Zeus McClurkin is a testament to not giving up or letting obstacles get in the way of achieving one’s dreams.