Govoner Vaughn joined the Harlem Globetrotters in 1960 and quickly established himself as one of the top players in the team's history. He was named MVP of the 1961 World Series of Basketball, a 20-game series against the nation's top college seniors. Prior to joining the Globetrotters, Vaughn was a three-year basketball letter winner at the University of Illinois, twice earning Converse All-America and All-Big Ten Conference honors.
Vaughn rejoined the Globetrotters during the 2010 World Tour as the team's director of alumni relations, a position he also held from 2000-2005. Vaughn has received several community service awards for tutoring in the Detroit Public School System, coordinating and directing United Way drives, and counseling other youth organizations.
The Edwardsville, Ill., native was honored by the Harlem Globetrotters with his "Legends" Ring on Jan. 4, 2004, at the Savvis Center in St. Louis.