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Harlem Globetrotters professional basketball player Buckets Blakes developed a love of basketball by the age of five. Watching his hometown team, the Phoenix Suns from Phoenix, Arizona play, Blakes made his own hoop by cutting a hole in his dad’s hat to shoot a tennis ball through.
He’s in his tenth season with the Globetrotters, and has achieved a degree in psychology during his basketball career, making the Dean’s List three times! Passionate about working with and mentoring kids, Blakes loves presenting the Globetrotters’ “CHEER For Character” program. After his playing days, he sees himself running his own gym and helping kids build character and self-esteem through sports mentoring. He encourages young people to, “Be the best ‘you’ that you can be, because it’s very difficult to try and be someone else.”
In our interview, Buckets shows us his favourite basketball trick and says that sports can have a positive influence in anybody’s life, that “sports allows you to involuntarily develop life skills”. When we asked him about tough times, he said the important thing to know is that they don’t last forever and that the storm is eventually gonna end.