In anticipation of the Harlem Globetrotters’ upcoming performance at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, Alex “Moose” Weekes, a member of the team, made a pit stop in Indiana this weekend.
After playing more than 26,000 games in 122 countries, the Globetrotters have become well-known not only for their basketball skills but also for their community involvement.
Thus, Weekes’ itinerary for the weekend included visits to the Indiana County YMCA, the Indiana Regional Medical Center and the East Pike and Ben Franklin elementary schools.
At the YMCA, Weekes taught 6- to 12-year-old students the “C.H.E.E.R.” approach to character development, which was designed by the Globetrotters and the U.S. Department of Education, according to an article in The Indiana Gazette.
C.H.E.E.R. stands for Cooperation, Healthy mind and body, Effort, Enthusiasm and Responsibility.
Weekes visited IRMC as part of the Globetrotters’ program called “Smile Patrol,” where teammates visit sick children in hospitals all over the U.S.
During his time with the elementary school students, Weekes presented “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention,” a program that aims to stop violence and bullying among youth in schools.
This program was also designed by the Globetrotters in conjunction with the National Campaign to Stop Violence.
The 31-year-old, 6-foot-8 basketball player said he has always been passionate about helping others – a passion he now shares with his teammates.
“I always wanted to play professional basketball,” he said, according to a March 3, 2015, article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“And now, not only am I doing so, but I’m traveling the world, affecting the lives of our youth and creating memories that will last a lifetime.”
Originally from Gwinnett County, Ga., Weekes said he quickly fell in love with the game of basketball and knew he wanted to play in college.
After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University in 2005 with a degree in wellness and exercise science, Weekes worked as a personal trainer for about two years.
He joined the Globetrotters in 2013.
For tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at the KCAC, visit www.kovalchickcomplex.com.