In 2007, Chris “Handles” Franklin’s lifelong dream came true when he became a member of the Harlem Globetrotters. He graduated from Lock Haven University (PA) with the rank of the all-time assist leader in basketball. Nationally, he was also ranked in the top 10 for assists and steals. For the last 8 years, he has shared his love for the game with audiences around the world.
SD: How did you start playing for the Harlem Globetrotters?
HF: I was hooked when I saw them on Scooby-Doo. I loved Curly Neal, he was my childhood hero. When I grew up, I either wanted to solve mysteries or play for the Globetrotters. After I graduated, I sent them an audition, but it didn’t work out at that time. My dream came true eventually and I have been with them for the last 8 years.
SD: How did you get your nickname “Handles”?
HF: It’s a nickname that I have had for a long time. I’ve been told I handle the ball really well. I’m just glad the nickname has nothing to do with my love handles.
SD: As a Globetrotter, you play over 250 games a year. What keeps you motivated?
HF: The entire organization is passionate about what we do get to do on a daily basis. As a basketball player, I feel that we are ambassadors of good-will. I also take seriously the position of being role models to the kids.
SD: You play with such ease, but what does the practice routine consist of?
HF: Before every game, we practice every day for over 2 hours. Plus, I carry a basketball everywhere I go. I’m always looking for an opportunity to play or practice no matter where I am.
SD: What is the greatest part about being part of a legendary organization?
HF: It is an honor and privilege to be part of this organization. It doesn’t matter what your economic background, race, or gender is the Globetrotters connect with all people. I love that we help create family memories and that I am able to carry on the great tradition of being a Globetrotter.
For more information on Handles Franklin and the Harlem Globetrotters visit www.harlemglobetrotters.com and to purchase tickets to see them at the TD Garden on March 28th visit www.ticketmaster.com.