June 24, 2009
To: The Harlem Global Legends
On June 10, 2009 “STARS” (Successful Teens Achieving Right Solutions) had the pleasure of meeting two of the Harlem Global Legends, formal Harlem Globetrotters Elbert “Tree” Gordon and Larry ”Shorty” Coleman. We are a Youth mentoring organization in Warner Robins, Georgia. We have about 30 youth and 12 mentors. On this day we had 14 youth and 9 adults in attendance. What a surprise when Tree and Shorty walked in with their shining Globetrotters uniforms on. The youth didn’t know what a treat they were in for.
Both Tree and Shorty told the youth about their humble beginnings. Some of the paths they had taken and many of the places they have traveled since becoming Harlem Globetrotters. It was a very moving experience by all.
The youth loved the way they “kept it real”. They told the youth about staying in school, making right choices and following their dreams. They told them to stay away from the drugs and the streets. Before leaving they let each of the youth and the adults take pictures and get autographs.
TheHarlem Global Legends are Formal Harlem Globetrotter. The visit filled all us with enthusiasm and excitement. Much is to be said about two men who took time out of their busy schedule to come and visit a group of young people at the spare of the moment. This is what you call “making a difference” this is what you call “giving back.” What outstanding men they are.
To Tree and Shorty thank you for your encouragement, the life lessons you brought us, the laughter and the fun. We were truly blessed by your visit. You are our STARS!!!
Elbert "Tree" Gordon
Mr. Elbert “Tree” Gordon
History was made on April 2, 2011, when Former Harlem Globetrotter greats
Larry “Shorty” Coleman,
Michael Memphis Douglas,
Paul “Showtime” Gaffney,
Wayne “Above & Beyond” Clark
Harlem Globetroter greats came to the small town of Ranburne, Alabama
These guys came out to give their support in a charity basketball extravaganza at the RHS gym to help raise money for the Ranburne High School.
Marching Bulldog Band will go to the Sugar Bowl in 2012. The game was awesome! There was so much laughter and fun. A day and night Ranburne will not soon forget. During the halftime show the RHS band performed and announced that Mr. Elbert “Tree” Gordon is now an official Honorary Band member of the RHS Marching Bulldog Band!
Prior to the basketball game the Former Harlem Globetrotter great Mr. Elbert “Tree” Gordon visited local schools promoting the upcoming basketball game extravaganza. He shared some life changing experiencesbefore becoming a Harlem Globetrotter.
He told of the many places he has traveledsince becoming a Harlem Globetrotter.
Mr. “Tree” Gordon told the youth about staying in school, making right choices and following their dreams. Students and teachers from several area. Schools got to participate during Mr. “Tree” Gordon’s assembly, a wonderful experience for staff as well as students.
Words can not express our gratitude to Mr. “Tree” Gordon and his teammates, the former Harlem Globetrotter greats for caring enough to help with fund raising for our RHS Marching Bulldog Band to go to the Sugar Bowl 2012.
They are true ambassadors to “making a difference”; this is what you call “giving back.”
RHS Band Booster
Dear Elbert “Tree” Gordon,
Great game tonight at NFHS
I just wanted to let you know how much fun my family had tonight. Like most every American, my husband and I have been Harlem Globetrotter fans since we were very small. It was so fun for us to bring our kids to watch what we enjoyed so much growing up. And I have to tell you, it never gets old! You are an amazing group of men to be amongst, and we feel privileged and grateful to have met you all. My kids were over the moon when Shorty invited us to eat with you after the game, and to be honest, my husband and I were equally enthused. Thank you so very much. If you are ever back in Charlotte/Fort Mill area we would love to treat all of you to a nice dinner at Maggiano's or somewhere similar if you have the time or inclination.
All the best to you!
Mark, Caroline, Nikki, and Paige
Coach Tee Gorodn, I liked camp so much. It was cool having a real professional teach me how to play basketball. You taught me how to play defense, how to jump stop, jump pivot, and you helped me with shooting, passing, and ball handling. I had a good time. I GOT YOUR AUTOGRAPH.
Thank you for letting me come to your camp. I enjoyed the time. I will be there next summer.
You are an awesome coach.