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Melvin Adams

  • Member of the World Famous Harlem Globetrotter
  • Has spoken to over 8,000,000 people spanning young people & corporate attendees
  • Formerly Named "Mr. Globetrotter" & Former Captain of the Globetrotters
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Melvin Adams knows how to achieve great things in difficult circumstances. Even though he was only 5’8”, he became a two-time NCAA All-American basketball player, professional basketball competitor, and member of the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters. As an underdog who went on to become a professional basketball player Melvin asks audiences, “Imagine what you can...

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Melvin Adams knows how to achieve great things in difficult circumstances. Even though he was only 5’8”, he became a two-time NCAA All-American basketball player, professional basketball competitor, and member of the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters. As an underdog who went on to become a professional basketball player Melvin asks audiences, “Imagine what you can do?” Today, he encourages and entertains audiences and demonstrates to them how they can achieve in life and business no matter the circumstances that they face.

Melvin grew up in poverty and with an abusive father in Houston, Texas. He was challenged early on with extremely negative circumstances. However, he dreamed of playing professional basketball. One coach told Melvin that he’d never play professional basketball because of his height. Melvin chose not to let those words dictate his future. He chose not to let any disadvantages stop him. He chose success. He out-trained his competitors and inspired his college teammates to always aim for more as well. He took a failing NCAA team that had won only 5 games in 5 years and transformed them into a team that won a Championship. He also was named NCAA All-American basketball player twice.

Melvin’s tenacity on the court and his winning record earned him the opportunity to play for the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters. Not only did he become the face of the Globetrotters in the media, but he became Team Captain and was named “Mr. Globetrotter” numerous times. The title “Mr. Globetrotter” is presented every year to the teammate that exemplifies the most excitement and energy associated with the Globetrotters.

Melvin Adams equips professional audiences with those same ideas that took him to the top despite his negative circumstances. He also encourages audiences to always aim for more by giving them practical ideas on how they can make circumstances at their home or work better.

Melvin has also had the privilege of speaking to over 3,000,000 youth through school assemblies, basketball clinics/camps and other events. In addition to speaking responsibilities, he is also frequently engaged in interviews and guest appearances in various forms of media. Melvin’s passion for reaching America’s youth has provided countless opportunities to speak, perform and share with groups. Today, he is privileged to speak before student and adult audiences sharing his personal story and inspiring others to fulfill their dreams.

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Speaker Programs

Racial Reconciliation
Melvin addresses the hard-hitting questions and concerns about racial justice and reconciliation with stories that connect, along with interactivity and some humor to energize audiences - all from his experience as a leader and as ...more
Melvin addresses the hard-hitting questions and concerns about racial justice and reconciliation with stories that connect, along with interactivity and some humor to energize audiences - all from his experience as a leader and as a former Globetrotter Team Captain. ...less
Management and Leadership
From a Former Globetrotter Team Captain
Team work and Communication
From a Former Globetrotter Team Captain
Diversity & Inclusion
It's T.I.M.E. (contact for full outline of his diversity program)
RESTART: Perfect Vision to Achieve More
In this engaging program, Former Globetrotter Melvin Adams shares the ideas and tools he used to become a peak performer as an athlete, in business and in life in even the most difficult of circumstances. ...more
In this engaging program, Former Globetrotter Melvin Adams shares the ideas and tools he used to become a peak performer as an athlete, in business and in life in even the most difficult of circumstances. Audience members can immediately apply best-practices. Learn how to “restart” in your current role to achieve more! Audience members learn how to lead yourself or a team through negative circumstances, ways to ensure external circumstances don’t impact your performance, bring a team together for higher individual and team production, deal more effectively with the negatives at work and home, build better and more profitable relationships faster, and achieve greater mental and emotional resilience during stress ...less
Safety Culture
The Winning Workzone: Guard, Assist, and take Possession to Own it with Zero Safety Fouls (leaning on his experience as the Team Captain for the Globetrotters - Melvin shares how to create a mindset to ...more
The Winning Workzone: Guard, Assist, and take Possession to Own it with Zero Safety Fouls (leaning on his experience as the Team Captain for the Globetrotters - Melvin shares how to create a mindset to be constantly aware of your surroundings along with the ownership, teamwork and communication to avoid injuries and stay safe (even when things are constantly moving)  ...less
Believing Your Dreams!
Character, Even When No One is Looking!
Overcoming Obstacles
Say No to Drugs!
Making the Right Choices
Knowing Your Purpose
Abstinence

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