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Harlem Globetrotter to perform in Moose Lake

Former Harlem Globetrotter Seth Franco will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Moose Lake High School Gym. This event is free to the public and is entertainment for all ages.

Former Harlem Globetrotter Seth Franco will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Moose Lake High School Gym. This event is free to the public and is entertainment for all ages.

In 2003 Franco became the first Caucasian Harlem Globetrotter since 1942. Now he travels the world inspiring others to "bounce back" from hardship and "live big dreams."

Franco has shared the stage with Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and other NBA All Stars. He has appeared on ESPN, BET, TNT, MSNBC, Comedy Central and more and has worked with Universal Studios, NBA, The Harlem Globetrotters, and The U.S. Department of Education.

"Great things happen to people who don't give up!" said Franco.

Growing up in New York, Franco dreamed of being a professional basketball player. In 2003, he lived out his dream and became a member of the Harlem Globetrotters. Achieving his dream of playing professional basketball came with many challenges. The biggest challenge came during his college career when he experienced a leg injury that crippled him. Facing surgery and rehab, he was told that his basketball dreams were over.

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He continued to believe in his dream and persevere. While recovering from his leg injury Franco was unable to play basketball on his feet; he practiced with his hands, making the best of his situation. The basketball tricks he learned during his injury would later become the key to living out his dream.

When back on his feet, Franco had no idea where to begin pursuing his dream again. He continued to work out and his hand-eye coordination grew faster and his tricks more amazing. Everywhere he played he started being noticed for his basketball tricks. A local street ball team, The Court Jesters, offered him a new start playing for the team and performing for the crowds at halftime. After seeing Franco's ability to perform, his coach, Andy Eckman, recommended him to Universal Studios to audition for a basketball movie. Director Malcom Lee fell in love with Franco's ability to perform tricks while playing competitive basketball. After winning the lead role to the movie, he was recommended to The Harlem Globetrotters' training camp by former NBA All Star Kenny Smith. After making the team, The Harlem Globetrotters selected Franco as spokesman for their countrywide character education program.

This program is being sponsored by the Community Youth Support Team, which consists of community members from various churches and businesses. For more information, contact team member John Venzke at 218-485-6033 or jdvenzke@gmail.com .

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