Melvin Adams

Harlem Globetrotter Inspiring Others to Achieve Their Dreams

  • Topics:
  • Character Education
  • Motivation & Inspiration
  • Resilience
  • Audiences:
  • Grade 6-12 Students
  • Teachers & Staff

Fee Range: $3K-5K

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NCAA All-American Basketball Player
Team Captain of the Harlem Globetrotters
Heart of a Mentor, Personality of a Comedian

Melvin Adams knows firsthand how to achieve great things despite challenging circumstances.

Even though he was only 5’8”, he became a two-time NCAA All-American basketball player and the team captain 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 how they can achieve their dreams no matter the circumstances 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.

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 audiences with those same ideas that took him to the top despite his circumstances. He also encourages audiences to always aim for more by giving them practical ideas on making circumstances better.


“Melvin was outstanding! At the top of our list as the best there is as a keynote speaker, Melvin made us think, he was entertaining, and he motivated us to care for all our kids. He made our day extraordinary for the volunteers and staff in Cy-Fair ISD.”
Pam Scott, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
“Melvin Adams not only had the rapt attention of the student body, but he also had the entire audience hanging on his every word! His message was direct, unapologetic, and challenging. His stunts served to validate that the rest of his message was true.”
Ann Dunn, Shawnee Heights Baccalaureate Service
“The students thoroughly enjoyed Melvin's performance. They, along with myself, were entertained, laughing, and learning the entire presentation. I would definitely recommend Melvin to any person looking for a speaker for students.”
Jenae Golden, New Mexico State University
“The kids loved Melvin and the members of the staff are still talking about him. One paraprofessional was talking to me just a few minutes ago about how she liked him so much because Melvin interacted with the students.”
Meshialene Morris, Liberty County School District

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