Gibbons and “Gator” Rivers
It was a thrill to bring my programs to one of the greatest hot beds of basketball in America today, North Carolina. I use the artistry of showtime basketball to open up the door of communication with young people in schools, churches, camps, community events and wherever else the doors open. Whether it’s through a Harlem Globetrotter Legends’ game or on my own, the goal is always the same…to use the game of basketball to help churches and local outreach organizations, to reach their community with a positive message. That’s always first and foremost.
During the first week of October I was able to work with 21 public schools in Asheboro. With the strong support of Bailey’s Grove Baptist church and Pastor Jon Shook, we were able to reach thousands of young people. Many powerful decisions were made that week! Thank you to everyone that had a hand in all that was done throughout the week. Special thanks to Jason Hamilton, BGBC’s youth pastor, for going above and beyond all week long!
We addressed subjects such as cyber safety, stranger danger, bullying/cyber bullying, substance abuse, the value of education, goal setting, hard work etc. In many assemblies we asked the student body to take a pledge on the issues that I spoke about. I truly feel like we connected with each and every student body that we were able to speak to. I’ve recieved many emails from students who looked me up online and expressed their appreciation for the message that I brought to their school.
We announced at each assembly that we were holding a free community event that following Saturday as well. We were able to fly in basketball legend and 18 year Globetrotter veteran, Larry “Gator” Rivers to perform with me. He is one of the most talented performers that I’ve ever been around and he had the crowd of 1,000 plus in stitches all night! Hundreds of decisions were made that night and it was a perfect ending to a wonderful week! Thank God for churches like Bailey’s Grove Baptist and the heart of their people! Together I believe we made a tremendous impact on the Asheboro/Randleman community and I hope to have the opportunity to visit there again someday!