By Kaytrina CurtisAugust 8, 2008
FORT STEWART, GA -- The parking lot of the Hunter Golf Course was even more crowded than usual on July 26 to the delight of Soldiers and their Families. Those in attendance had the rare opportunity to meet and greet the comedic Harlem Globetrotters' former members at the newly opened Hunter Golf Club Pavilion located at Hunter Army Airfield.
The players on hand were Meadowlark Lemon, Tyrone "Hollywood" Brown, Bruce "Sugar Beard" Capers, Larry "Gator" Rivers and Matt "Showbiz" Jackson who took time to sign basketballs before a round of golf.
Members of the military community were invited to meet the players and get their autographs. The legends of basketball came out to show their gratitude for the sacrifices men and women of the armed services and their Families make every day.
"It means giving back," said Rivers. "It's an opportunity for me to give back what God blessed me with, which is talent."
Family member, 13-year-old Kennedy Miles, whose father, Shondell Miles, a former Soldier and now a Department of the Army civilian, traveled to Savannah from Hinesville to meet the legends. Kennedy surprised the crowd with some of her very own slip-of-hand basketball ball-handling talent and got some laughs from the crowd when she played a trick on Rivers.
"It was fun and exciting," said Kennedy, a Lewis Frazier middle-school basketball player.
She said she was proud of her accomplishment after tricking Rivers with some moves of her own.
"Actually, I felt pretty much 'all that,'" she said. "I just tricked a legend."
The Globetrotters were in town to play a fundraising basketball game against local celebrities and emergency response personnel Sunday at the Savannah Civic Center. The funds raised from the basketball game went to the victims of the Imperial Sugar Refinery explosion in Port Wentworth, which happened in February.
Four of the Globetrotters- Brown, Capers, Rivers and Jackson- are Savannah natives and Beach High School alumni. They said they enjoyed performing before their home crowd for such a worthy cause.