Around the Tiers: Harlem Globetrotters

By Chelsea Bishop

March 14, 2014 Updated Mar 14, 2014 at 9:53 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Jr. Reporter Ese Amata interviewed Harlem Globetrotter Bull Bullard about his life as a superstar.

The Harlem Globetrotters will come to the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena on March 26 at 7PM.

It's for their 2014 "Fans Rule" World Tour.

Tickets can be purchased on ticketmaster.com or by calling the Broome County Arena Box Office at (607) 778-6626.

Community members will also be able to meet and greet Bull Bullard, a 2008 Globetrotters draftee, at Burger Mondays on March 14 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM.

From the Harlem Globetrotters website, Bull Bullard is proof positive that a person can overcome adversity to achieve their goals. Bullard grew up in the foster care system, so he was on his own a lot, and he had to avoid all of the traps that come with the drugs, crime and gang activity that was prevalent in his neighborhood. He believes all of that made him stronger and more focused on reaching his aspirations.

Bullard actually didn't like basketball when he was introduced to the sport at the age of seven, but when he became a teenager, his foster mother encouraged him to play, because she felt it would be productive for him. He fell in love with the game, and there were many coaches along the way that cultivated that love for the sport to help Bullard be successful.

The first time Bull ever dunked was at the age of 13, and he developed into an exceptional leaper, taking that ability all the way to the College Slam Dunk Championship at the 2008 Final Four, where he finished second and garnered one of only two perfect scores awarded in the competition. He was drafted by the Globetrotters later that year.