Globetrotters Bring Joy to Children’s Center


El Gato Melendez of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters delivered joy, smiles and his extraordinary basketball skills to the young patients at the Sparrow Children’s Center on Feb. 22, a week in advance of performing with teammates at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University. Melendez performed incredible basketball tricks and taught some youngsters to spin a ball on their fingers. He even used his 6-foot, 8-inch frame to play hide-and-seek with a preschooler. Melendez is part of the team’s Smile Patrol Program, which visits over 150 children’s hospitals worldwide annually, creating lifetime memories as players display their ball-handling wizardry, sign autographs and share laughs with patients.


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