From the basketball court, to inspiring children in the hospital, the Harlem Globetrotters have one message: lead with love. That was Globetrotters’ guard Jet Rivers’ goal Monday, when he visited kids at the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital.
“When I come and visit these kids, I want to somehow give them some light, because they’ve gone through so much and we all need a pick-me-up sometimes,” said Rivers.
There may be a bit of a size difference, but on the inside, the children and Rivers both share a fighting spirit. For the kids, though, their opponent is the disease they’re battling and their teammates are the family members at their side.
“To see him smile, with what all he’s been through the last couple weeks, it’s great,” said Ivan Jones, grandfather of one of the children. “I’ve been wanting to see that for a long time.”
The kids may look up to the basketball star visiting them, but for the player, the kids are the impressive ones.
“I’m just really honored to come here and try to give these kids some positive vibes,” Rivers said.
The Harlem Globetrotters play at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington on Saturday, Jan. 12. Then they’ll travel to Charleston, where they’ll play at the Civic Center on Sunday, Jan. 13.