Ex-Globetrotter's camp desires to inspire

June 8, 2008 7:44:30 PM PDT
Out of dozens of people milling about the Katy YMCA at any given moment, there is one man dressed in a white T shirt and shorts who walks the halls with a purpose as specific as a radio station frequency. Melvin Adams has traveled the world as one of the Harlem Globetrotter, yet he remains committed to teaching youths what he knows about baskeball and draws from his life experience.

Adams, 37, is a Houston native and Eisenhower High School product who played college ball at San Jose (Calif.) Christian College, where he finished as the school's all-time leader in scoring, assists, and steals and a two-time Division III All-American.

Adams teaches children in an entertaining style of basketball tricks, dribbling drills and full-court competitions that are refereed by Adams and his assistants. The camp, in its first year, lasts five days and is offered in June and August.

"I've been doing camps ever since I was 19, and saw a need to reach out to youth. So I started my own camp right here in the very place that I was born and raised," Adams said.

Adams' path to becoming a Globetrotter started at age 10, when he attended a game and met Curly Neal. "He shook my hand and let me rub his head. That impacted me so much that I cut my own hair and I was the new Curly," Adams said.

The 5-foot-8 guard has played in include Poland, Germany, Austria, Ireland and Mexico.

Adams said he started the camp in his hometown "to just reach kids and inspire them to be not just great athletes, but great people in the game of life."

After wrapping up his first camp at the Katy YMCA on Friday, Adams will hold another five-day session June 9-13 at Copperfield Church in Houston before returning to the Katy Y Aug. 11-15.

For more information on Melvin Adams' basketball camp, contact Peggi Merkey at 281-859-8810.

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