I’d like to introduce the newest honorary Harlem Globetrotter, Karter.
Karter is six years old and is the sweetest kid you’ll ever meet. Karter was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor called DIPG. The life expectancy with DIPG is 2-9 months. January was month seven for Karter.
Karter’s grandma reached out to share that the family wanted to give Karter the most amazing memories while he continues his fight, and she was hoping to bring him to an upcoming game in Edmonton.
Except, in true Harlem Globetrotters fashion, we did more than that. First, we surprised the family with Globetrotters bench seats; then we brought Karter backstage during halftime and again after the game to hang with the players, where he joked about his sneakers not being Calgary’s colors, his crush at school, and how tall some of our players are. By the end, tears and ear-to-ear smiles were had by all.
While Karter’s family shared their heartfelt ‘thank yous’ for the experience, we felt just as grateful to them. They gave each of us a special memory that we will never forget. For me, it was a reminder that when work gets tough and we’re in the zone, it can be easy to forget what we’re called to do. We’re here to do something bigger than ourselves; we create memories for deserving people like Karter, and that’s everything.
This love (in action) story was brought to you by Courtney Baker, Director of Promotions Marketing at The Harlem Globetrotters.
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