Harlem Globetrotter brings smiles to children in hospital

By KBJR News 1

April 10, 2014 Updated Apr 10, 2014 at 6:36 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Harlem Globetrotters are set to play in Duluth this Sunday, but one player made a special visit to spread joy to children at Essentia St. Mary's in Duluth.

He walked into the room twirling a basketball on one finger. Many in the young audience were a little shy at first because they had never seen a Harlem Globetrotter.

"I thought that he would be a little more excited and want to go up to him and play with the basketball, but too many people around" said Stacey Hudacek, mother of a child in attendance.

But eventually, the Globetrotter knew just how to draw the kids out of their shells.

"Some of them were a little shy. I would have been shy myself if I was in the same position, but they warmed up at the end. I had a lot of fun with them" said Harlem Globetrotter, Thunder Law.

Thunder Law showed off some of his basketball handling skills. He even showed the kids how to do some tricks of their own.

"I didn't know how to spin a ball. I dropped the ball" said one child.

Thunder may be a Guinness World Record holder for longest basketball shot ever and a member of a top basketball group, but he also is part of the globetrotter's "smile patrol" which visits more than 200 hospitals annually.

"Basketball is only a small portion of what we do. It's only about 10 percent, so when I get to come to this hospital and visit with the kids and put a smile on their face. It means so much to me" said Law.

In the end, Law handed out autographed pictures of his team, giving the children a happy memory to take home from the hospital.

Children who met Thunder Law today were given free tickets to the Globetrotter's show on Sunday.

Bryce Henry