Getting To Know… Meadowlark Lemon

Getting To Know… Meadowlark Lemon

Known for: Harlem Globetrotters basketball star, minister, motivational speaker

About: Born in Wilmington in 1935, Meadow "Meadowlark" Lemon first saw the Harlem Globetrotters in a movie news reel at age 11. Greatly inspired by this performance team, he rigged up a makeshift backyard hoop and started working on his shots. In high school he kept a grueling practice schedule on the courts, and it paid off with an offer to join the Globetrotters. Nicknamed "The Clown Prince of Basketball," this natural showman and gifted athlete eventually performed extraordinary feats for presidents, kings and queens.

Meadowlark Lemon, Wilmington native

Meadowlark Lemon, Wilmington native

After 26 seasons, he left the Globetrotters and created his own dream teams, including today's comedic Harlem All Stars. In addition to being an NBA Basketball Hall of Famer, Meadowlark has acted in TV shows and is an ordained minister with a Doctor of Divinity degree. His book "Trust Your Next Shot" was published in 2010. The seemingly ageless hoop-master motivates kids through his Camp Meadowlark basketball camps, participates in multiple annual fundraisers and runs Meadowlark Lemon Ministries with his wife, Cynthia.

For more about Meadlowlark (and to see his famous hook shot), visit

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