New Castle News

March 8, 2012

Fresh Video: Former Globetrotter shares message of hope with students

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — It’s all about bouncing back.

That’s Seth Franco’s message to all young people, whether you’re a student struggling with depression, peer pressure or making your school’s sports team.

During a program in the Union Area School District on Wednesday morning, the former Harlem Globetrotter performed his unique basketball tricks choreographed to music while communicating a message of perseverance to young people.

“Over 5,000 teenagers, every single year, give up on the gift of life. Somewhere along the line life stopped being fun and it started to be a burden, that they felt they couldn't handle it all,” he told the students.

Franco shared how he overcame a lack of size, a major surgery and time in a wheelchair, and plenty of detractors to become the first white Harlem Globetrotter in more than 60 years.

Check out Mackenzie Summerville’s video below to see how Franco’s faith, perseverance — and mad ball skills — led to a fun-filled morning for the students at Union.