Melvin Adams will be speaking at VBF on Sunday, June 26. Melvin Adams has been an NCAA All-American basketball player, professional basketball competitor and member of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotter.
A former Harlem Globetrotter, Melvin Adams’s passion for reaching America’s youth grows with every presentation and performance he offers. Since retiring from the Harlem Globetrotters in 2000, Melvin has spoken to over two million youth at school assemblies, basketball clinics, camps and other youth events.
Melvin grew up in the ghetto of Houston, Texas, and overcame incredibly negative circumstances in his life to achieve the dream of playing professional basketball. At the age of 13, his father died. With the pressure of financial struggles and surrounded by a hopeless situation, he turned to sports. Hard work and endless practicing kept him out of trouble. At Eisenhower High School, Melvin led the district in assists and steals, averaging 16 points per game for the Eagles. Melvin 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, Melvin was given the opportunity to play basketball professionally. Melvin later joined the Harlem Globetrotters and was named “Mr. Globetrotter” numerous times, an award presented yearly to the teammate that most exemplifies the excitement and energy associated with the Harlem Globetrotters. In 2000, Melvin Adams retired from the Harlem Globetrotters in order to reach the nation’s youth for Christ. In his testimony, Melvin says, “Playing for the Globetrotters took me all over the world. I want to use my whole life to draw others to my Father.”