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Former Harlem Globetrotter set to visit Monroe church
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MONROE - Melvin Adams, a former Harlem Globetrotter, is coming to Monroe United Methodist Church, 2227 4th St., on Sept. 20.

He will present a message about knowing your purpose, making the right choices and believing in dreams.

The event will start with 30 minutes of praise music. Adams will speak from 3 to 5 p.m. Following the presentation, pizza will be available. The free event is aimed at teens and young adults, but is open to the public. The event is sponsored by Monroe United Methodist Church and Green County Family YMCA. No reservations are needed.

Adams was born in 1971 in a poor Houston, Texas, neighborhood. With the constant pressure of financial burdens and surrounded by hopeless situations, he turned to sports where hard work and endless practices kept him from trouble. Despite many negative influences in childhood, he aspired to play basketball.

He graduated from San Jose Christian College, where he was a two-time NCAA III All-American. He remains the school's all-time scoring, assists and steals leader. Later he joined the Harlem Globetrotters and was named Mr. Globetrotter many times.

He retired in March 2000 and has been a motivational speaker since.