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Dribbling and shooting dynamo Dizzy English credits his mother’s strength for giving him the courage to follow his dreams and never stop believing in himself. “She made sure I didn’t want for anything and always kept food on my plate and a roof over my head, even when money was really tight,” says Dizzy. “She never showed any signs of weakness … a strong, powerful lady with a heart that's as big as this world … no question that my mother is my role model.”
Dizzy is also appreciative of how other adults in his life growing up mentored him. “My middle school coach, Mr. Cooper, was the first coach that gave me the reigns of a team, but before practice he made sure our homework was done, otherwise, we couldn’t practice. He was the father figure in my life at the time. The assistant coach of that team, who was also my English teacher, Miss Balue, didn’t let me get away with anything,” Dizzy says with a laugh. “I was class clown, but now that I’m grown, I’m thankful she called me out.”
Those strong influences kept Dizzy on the right path to help him become a great basketball player who played parts of three seasons in the NBA Development League after a solid college career at Cleveland State University. He knows being a Globetrotter gives him the opportunity to be the same type of positive role model to kids as he had growing up.
In his free time, Dizzy likes to shoot pool and go bowling (he has his own ball and shoes), and he also loves to sing – proclaiming with a smile that he is the best shower singer. He also enjoys spending time with his two dogs, Rocky (a Yorkie) and Bruno (a Pit Bull).