The Harlem Globetrotters have gone viral after a clip surfaced showing one of the players on the team showing a kid in a wheelchair how to hold a spinning basketball with one finger.
In a video posted to Twitter on Sunday by Chief Digital Evangelist Vala Afshar, viewers see a Globetrotter with the number 7 on his jersey spinning a basketball on top of one finger, then handing it over to the young child who’s holding up his finger.
The member of the exhibition basketball team then places the ball on the young child’s finger as it keeps on spinning. The ball soon comes down and the young boy — who appears reliant on some kind of oxygen machine — catches it. He gives the man wearing the #7 jersey a high five and is all smiles after the exchange.
“The most beautiful thing in the world is a child’s smile.
The next best thing? Knowing that you are the reason behind it.” pic.twitter.com/iNwFy6uqjW
— Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) March 19, 2023
At the time of this publication, the clip had been viewed more than six million times and counting.
Doing a search on social media, it appears that the video first surfaced on Twitter on January 30. It was shared by the outlet Overtime, and that clip has been viewed 4.4 million times as of publication.
There was no further information shared about where the meet-up between the two took place or when. The only thing included with the post was a message that read, “That smile means everything.”
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The post also shared a handle that credited the Globetrotter as being Lucius “TOO TALL” Winston, who also shared the clip on his Instagram recently.
Reading through the comments attached to Afshar’s post, many people said it made them hopeful and that it touched their heart.
“This is so beautiful. This just comes to show humanity isn’t over yet,” one person wrote.
Another wrote, “Pure joy. My happy childhood memory was seeing the globetrotters 50 years ago. Amazing.”
While another tweeted, “So many years! I am in my 70’s and saw them when I was young. Took my daughter, various cancer kids I volunteered with through the years. And they are still the best present to give a child who loves basketball.”
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