Former Harlem Globetrotter to visit region Thursday

Published 9:26 am Thursday, October 26, 2017

From high-flying dunks to trips across the globe, John “Jet” Williams has just about seen it all.

The former Harlem Globetrotter will be passing along some of his experiences and spending time with the community Thursday, Oct. 26, during a meet and greet at the Elizabethton Parks & Recreation Department from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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Thursday’s event is sponsored by Parks & Rec and Carter County Drug Prevention Coalition and is open to the public. Williams will spend the day meeting members of the public, playing around inside the Recreation Center and sharing stories of his professional basketball career.

Williams, a former UNC-Asheville standout and Harlem Globetrotter, recently visited the region to promote wellness and the ABCs of life – action, bravery and compassion – with Miss Tennessee Caty Davis.

“Mr. Williams message of wellness is really vital in the values we want to promote with the coalition,” Jilian Reece, Carter County Drug Prevention Coalition director, recently told the Elizabethton Star. “It was great to have him in the community to share a positive message with children on how they can follow their dreams if they have respect and compassion for others.”

Since stepping away from the Globetrotters, Williams has focused his attention with his own basketball academy in Asheville, North Carolina, dubbed JWB Elite Training.

While focusing on skills to improve on the hardwood, Williams added the goal of the academy is to help train young men and women how to perform well outside the gym, too.

An ice cream social will able be available during the meet and greet for a $3 donation. Proceeds raised from the event will benefit different mission projects Williams is involved in.

Reece said the former Globetrotter got involved with the projects, which includes working in the Philippines, with other professional athletes and his wife. Williams will take time Thursday to go into detail about what different projects are on the horizon.