Globetrotter History with Governor Vaughn

 Governor Vaughn's path to becoming a Globetrotter began when he received a scholarship to play at the University of Illinois alongside his friend, Mannie Jackson.  After graduation, Gov was offered to play with the Harlem Globetrotters in the 1960-61 season.  “There might not have been a more well known team in the country then the Globetrotters.  Everyone wanted to see us.” said Vaughn. 


Recalling his proudest moment with the Globetrotters, Gov describes a trip to Meixco. “We played for a small audience in Mexico, and probably 99% of the people spoke only Spanish.  We needed an interpreter to get what we were saying across to the fans, but the tricks and jokes we could perform with a basketball- there was no language barrier for that.”

Gov believes there are valuable life lessons to be learned from the game of basketball.  Whether you’re playing basketball or working on a science project in school, always “Work on your weaknesses and master the basics.  Those will help build a foundation for your future.”  

With his induction into the Globetrotters Hall of Fame, Gov solidified his place as one of the all-time Globetrotter greats.  Despite receiving the honor and committing decades of his life to basketball, he continues to leave a lasting impression on the students he has a chance to visit in communities around the country.  He takes on the challenge of being an Ambassador of Goodwill™, and strives to continue to be a positive role model to the youth. 

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