Tag: Howard Johnson
Ever heard of the Harlem Globetrotters? Ever seen them? Ever met them? Do you know what they stand for? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you are blessed.
Why do I ask? Because, and I’m being honest, before today – I had no idea what they really stood for. Don’t get me wrong, I know who they are, i have seen them and I have even met them – twice. But before this week, I did not truly understand what they stood for.
To me, They are a family and fun-filled basketball team that entertains audiences worldwide. I have seen them perform live twice and have met some of the greatest names in Globetrotter History – Curly Neal, Meadowlark Lemon, Gator Rivers, Robert “BabyFace” Page among others.
But these were the only Globetrotters I had met or knew the names of and I did not know what they really stood for. But I recently had the pleasure of meeting the newest generation of Globetrotters! I never expected to meet them 35 years later and ask the questions I always wanted to ask.
Moreover, I did not expect to learn what I learned.
How does it relate to Latin Fusion TV? First of all, Brandy interviewed them and I get to write about them.
If you read our Blog, you know that it is not about us – It is about making the world a better place. We might write about what we do, but we apply it to spiritual Principles and how we can make the world a better place to live and love – one Blog at a time.
And as I always ask: What does that have to do with the Harlem Globetrotters. Because they are the “Ambassadors of Good Will” around the world. And in a small way – so are we. If you recall, we wrote about influencing others in our last post. That no matter how you act or what you do – you will influence others (either positively or negatively). And that we have all been influenced in one way or another by someone.
Well, these guys make an impact globally. Allow me introduce to you the people we met: Ant, Rocket, Sarge, Squirrel, Slingshot, Hi-Lite, FlightTime, Airport, Turbo, Bones and Coach Clyde along with Director of Player Personnel and Coach “Sweet” Lou Dunbar!
These are great guys – all Basketball players, all “Ambassodors of Good Will,” and all are top notch entertainers. And, in talking with them – I found the following that I will share:
- God gives talent – but to develop them takes work;
- You never know when you will be discovered – some of these guys never expected to be Globetrotters, but;
- God works in mysterious ways;
- It is important to have fun;
- It is important to give back;
- You must be be willing to learn;
- It is imperative to be open to new ideas;
- The world is a great big place;
- There is no substitute for hard work; and
- God will reward your efforts in ways you never expected!
There are many more things I can add, but that will be in the next post. But I will say this – when we were told about the Globetrotters being in San Antonio and offered a chance to meet them – we asked the sponsors (Howard Johnson) if we could interview them.
They did not know us and we were not given an answer – but our host did try to help us out. We didn’t gripe because as I said – Howard Johnson Corporate did not know who we are. But they encouraged us to show up. We did, and they were so hospitable and congenial. The corporate folks at Howard Johnson (HoJo) were very nice, the location at Balcones Heights is very clean and it was all set up for the guests.
We were pleasantly surprised to find that the HoJo folks were similar to the Globetrotters – willing to give back to the community. Hey, we know this is a business, but they do good business and with a smile on their face. We we met some good people, Dee, Greg, Megan, Daniel, Mr. Ghael and the others from HoJo.
But more important, we were granted an interview, we were given the opportunity to mingle with the crowd, take photos and speak with everyone there. Their philosophy is the same as ours – treat people right and be good to the community. Just like the Globetrotters! It was an awesome day – we even went to the game later that night. But it was an experience – I even found out that some kids had never even heard of the Globetrotters – and that was a shock to me…We grew up on them.
The gist of all of this is: It is important to Trust in God, work hard, utilize His gifts and your talent and give back to the community in some way or another! You will Reap what you Sow – it is proven! And it is a beautiful thing!
Stay tuned for our next post where I will share the importance of having fun and enjoying life (even while you are working) – because for two hours during the day and two hours at night and taking time out of our busy schedule to have fun, we did just that! We were entertained – but boy, did we have fun!
And the Globetrotters reminded me to smile!
We have photos posted in the gallery and a video on www.LatinFusionTV.com. Check em both out.
Take care, God Bless and Cool Runnings – Michael