Harlem Globetrotters visit Clift Elementary to share important message

Clift Elementary students received a special visit from a worldwide icon on Monday, Dec. 2. The afternoon spent with the Harlem Globetrotters was more than about just hoops, but an important topic that affects students nationwide.


Harlem Globetrotters star Sweet Lou II inspired Clift students through the “T.E.A.M. Up at School” program. This interactive presentation uses the team’s signature ball-handling skills and humor to entertain and, most importantly, equip students against bullying.


The prevention program utilizes the acronym T.E.A.M. — Talk, Emphasize, Ask, and Mobilize. This program was designed in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence, a nonprofit helping students make a lasting commitment to take responsibility for ending violence in their lives, homes, and communities.


All third, fourth, and fifth-grade students at Clift were treated to a fun-filled assembly, where they listened to a message and learned to handle adversity among students and friends positively.


Several students from the audience learned basketball tricks and performed with the Harlem Globetrotters stars.


One student, DJ Ingram, was the lucky winner of a pair of Heelys tennis shoes.


The visit was awarded to Clift teacher Portia Wood, the grand prize winner of the Harlem Globetrotters and Heelys “This Is How We Roll” contest. The contest was part of an elementary school lesson plan that allowed students to celebrate their differences and unique identity as they collaborated on fun language arts activities. Young Minds Inspired — the nation’s leading provider of free educational outreach programs for learners of all ages — developed this program.

Clift Elementary student wins a pair of Heeleys from the Harlem Globetrotters