The Legendary Meadowlark Lemon, Basketball Hall of Famer, Harlem Globetrotter, Actor, Author, Speaker, Motivator, Veteran and Minister spent his life bringing JOY, HOPE and INSPIRATION to millions of people around the world. Whether performing before Kings, Queens, Presidents, Popes, Dignitaries, Celebrities or Fans on the basketball court…coaching children at a “Camp Meadowlark” Basketball Camp, speaking to the homeless encouraging them to “Never Give Up,” ministering to veterans, youth in prisons or children in the hospital, mentoring young athletes in the NBA and NFL or speaking to corporations or leaders at the Pentagon, Meadowlark was passionate about making a difference in this world.
Meadowlark captivated crowds with his charisma, charm and character and felt a Joyful connection with his audiences which fueled his energy to give them his best night after night. He touched lives and hearts giving generations memories to last a lifetime. He was known as the “Clown Prince of Basketball” and “Ambassador of Good will in Short Pants,” with his patented hook shot. He traveled more than 5 million miles and played in more than 16,000 games for the Harlem Globetrotters in 100 countries in a career that began in 1954 and lasted until 1979, and in 1993 Meadowlark went back with the Harlem Globetrotters for a 50 game “comeback” season. In 1979, after 26 seasons as a world famous Harlem Globetrotter, Meadowlark left the team to fulfill another dream, his own comedic basketball team, Meadowlark Lemon’s Bucketeers (1980-83), the Shooting Stars (1984-1987), and, Meadowlark Lemon’s Harlem All Stars™ (1988 – 2015).
In 2015, at the age of 83, Meadowlark was invited to once again join his beloved Globetrotters for their 90th Anniversary Tour. He was honored, excited and anticipating the reunion with his teammates and his incredible fans, however the night before he was to step on the airplane to Chicago for that special reunion…with his bags packed and sitting by the door… he quietly passed away. That night the world lost one of its most beloved and treasured individuals.
Meadowlark Lemon was an ICON who helped change the face of American history, Black history, and Sports history! Meadowlark was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003, and received it’s John Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, the highest honor given by the Hall of Fame outside of induction. He was also enshrined with the Harlem Globetrotters Team in 2002, and received the Team’s John Bunn Award in 1999. In 1997, at Ebony Magazine’s 50th anniversary, Meadowlark was honored with the Sports Legends Award.