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Former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams Leads Worship at University of the Cumberlands


Former Harlem Globetrotter, Melvin Adams spoke during convocation services on campus.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – A praise band, a hip-hop artist and a former basketball star, Melvin Adams, brought their spirited and spiritual brand of worship to University of the Cumberlands during Fall Awakening worship week, September 14-18, on campus.

During the Monday and Wednesday convocations, “Kurt and the Crew,” a praise band from Campbellsville, led devotion, speaking of how God is working in all of our lives. and singer Kurt Vernon, asked all in attendance to reflect on the question, “Who do I think I am?” Following “the Crew,” hip-hop performer, Brandon DeLaGarza,“Sypreme,” continued the up-beat mood to the worship service with his unique hip-hop performance.


Adams helps a student spin a basketball on her finger.

Then keynote speaker, Adams, a former member of the Harlem Globetrotters, delivered a humorous, yet powerful message about how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Reflecting on Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Adams called five volunteers to the stage to demonstrate how ‘ordinary’ students can perform ‘extraordinary’ basketball tricks, which Adams made look easy.

Throughout the week, during Fall Awakening’s nightly services, some of which lasted until 11p.m., guest speakers addressed worshipers, and Adams brought his unique talents in performing basketball tricks to the stage to make for a truly exhilarating experience. During these services, several students offered their lives to Christ, and several others recommitted their lives. According to one attendee, Justin Durbin, a sophomore from Somerset, “The services made you walk out with a smile on your face.”

Born in 1971, Adams grew up in the ghetto of Houston, Texas. He has overcome incredibly negative circumstances in his life to achieve the dream of playing professional basketball. When he was 13, his father died. With the pressure of being financially strapped and surrounded by hopeless situations, he turned to sports. Hard work and endless practicing kept him out of trouble. At Eisenhower High School, Adams led the district in assists and steals, and averaged 16 points per game for the Eagles.

Adams graduated from San Jose Christian College where he was a two-time, NCAA III All-American basketball player. He is the all-time scoring, assists and steals leader in the Warriors’ history. After college, Adams continued to focus on basketball and was given the opportunity to play professionally. Adams later joined the Harlem Globetrotters and was named Mr. Globetrotter numerous times. This award is presented yearly to the teammate who most exemplifies the excitement and energy associated with the Harlem Globetrotters.

On March 17, 2000, Adams retired from the Harlem Globetrotters because he felt a heavy burden to reach youth nationwide. He has had the privilege of speaking to more than 3,000,000 youth at school assemblies, basketball clinics/camps and other youth events. He has a wide variety of speaking experiences, including interviews and guest appearances with all forms of media. Adam’s passion for reaching America's youth has provided countless opportunities to speak, perform, and share with groups.